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Farmington Bank Opens for Business in South Windsor

Branch opened its doors on Buckland Road on Nov. 13.

Farmington Bank is now open for business in South Windsor.

The Farmington Bank branch located at 350 Buckland Road, opened its doors to customers on Nov. 13, according to a press release.

It’s the first Farmington Bank office in South Windsor and just the second to open east of the Connecticut River behind one in Glastonbury. The South Windsor office is the bank's 19th branch overall, according to John J. Patrick, chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank.

Patrick said that with the changes that have taken place in the financial sector in the recent past, Farmington Bank provides a local alternative for businesses and individual customers.

The South Windsor branch, which is just 1,800 square feet, is unique, according to Patrick.

“There are no teller lines and we use a lot of technology to focus on the customer,” Patrick said in a telephone interview, noting that there is an ATM, a drive thru as well and cash recyclers. “The brick and mortar is not used the same as it was in the past.”

The bank also features a mobile app for smartphones, Patrick said.

The new location is headed up by Laurie Brooks, who will serve as vice president and branch manager, while Scott Andrusis is the  vice president, commercial loan officer, according to the press release.

Brooks, according to the release, “has more than 30 years of banking experience and Andrusis is a lifelong resident of South Windsor with more than 25 years in the financial industry.”

Patrick, who is a former South Windsor resident, added that he was thrilled to have a branch in town.

“We’re pleased to be there and excited to be there,” he said.

To mark the occasion, Farmington Bank is hosting a month-long Grand Opening at the branch from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, which will include daily prizes, according to the release.

An official ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Patrick said.

Farmington Bank, has a total of about $1.8 billion in assets and has doubled in growth in the last four years, Patrick said. The bank was named the No. 1 small business lender in the state by the Small Business Administration of Connecticut and was No. 3 in the Hartford County market for residential lending, Patrick said.

The South Windsor branch won’t be the newest addition to Farmington Bank for long, as two new branches - one in Newington and another in East Hartford - are slated to open by mid-2013, according to Patrick.

For more information about Farmington Bank, visit farmingtonbankct.com.

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