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Downtown bank branch to close

Melissa Topey • Jun 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Two local PNC Bank branches are slated to close in September.

The PNC branch at 404 W. Washington St. in Sandusky and 9 E. Main St. in Norwalk will close Sept. 20, said Marcey Zwiebel, spokeswoman for PNC Bank.  

The locations simply aren’t getting the number of customers needed, as compared to busier locations on Perkins or Milan avenues, she said. 

“Our research is showing people are banking very differently today with online and mobile channels,” Zwiebel said.

For mobile banking, a customer can simply use a cell phone to take a picture of a check, depositing it by sending the photo to the bank. 

PNC Bank averages 15,000 deposits a day through this method.

Automated teller machines are also popular, as about 85 percent of all transactions can be done at an ATM, Zwiebel said.  

Customers who are used to visiting the West Washington Street location or the East Main Street office will have to travel to another location. There is no indication other bank branches in the area will close, Zwiebel said.   

As for the employees at the closing branches, their futures are unknown. Zwiebel said she can’t definitively say what will happen.

“We do our best to place employees (at other locations),” she said. She did not immediately know how many people work at the two closing branches. 

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