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Posted: March 15th, 2013
PNC Bank: No Erie branches on closure list for now

Officials at Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group have yet to determine if any bank branches in Erie or Crawford counties will be among the roughly 200 the bank will close this year.

The bank, one of the nation’s largest and a prominent player in this corner of Pennsylvania, announced recently that it planned to close 200 offices in an effort to cut expenses by $700 million.

While the bank has announced plans to close a branch in Clarion, no decisions have been made about any branches in the northwestern corner of the state, said Amy Vargo, a spokeswoman for the bank.

PNC, which operates 2,900 branches in 19 states and the District of Columbia, is constantly evaluating the number of offices it needs, Vargo said.
This year’s planned closures, she said, “Are a sign of the times,” as customers continue to do more of their banking electronically.

Vargo said possible closures for local branches haven’t ruled out or ruled in.
“We’ll continue to look at this month by month,” she said, adding that customers would be given at least 90 days advance notice.

Buffalo-based First Niagara Bank and Ohio-based Huntington Bank already have announced plans this year to close Erie branches.

First Niagara is closing a branch on East Avenue. Huntington is closing its location at 813 State St.

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