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PNC to close five Central Pa. branches

Four serve Lancaster retirement communities

PNC Bank is closing a retail branch in Perry County along with four branches serving retirement communities in Lancaster County.

The closings stem from the bank’s ongoing review of its branch network, said Fred Solomon, a spokesman for Pittsburgh-based PNC.

“We constantly evaluate our branches to make sure we are meeting our customers’ needs in the most efficient manner,” Solomon said.

The branches are scheduled to close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The Lancaster branches are at: Homestead Village in East Hempfield Township; Landis Homes in Manheim Township; Luther Acres in Lititz; and Woodcrest Villa in East Hempfield Township. The Perry County branch is in Duncannon.

Solomon declined to comment on what will happen to employees, but said that in general, PNC aims to move people to other bank locations.

Linford Good, vice president of planning and marketing at Landis Homes, said his retirement community is looking for a replacement for PNC and has talked to a handful of banks and credit unions.

He acknowledged it might not be easy to find a new bank in an era of shrinking branch networks. But, he said, residents of Landis Homes would miss having a financial institution nearby and would have difficulty getting to one off campus.

Of the residents, about 40 percent bank with PNC, and Good said “it’s primarily because they’re on campus.”

PNC Bank, the retail banking subsidiary of PNC Financial Services Group Inc., has about 2,600 branches overall in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

Joel Berg
Joel Berg is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Northern Virginia and now living in York, he's a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Maryland. Have a question or story idea? Email him at jberg@cpbj.com.

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