The Bank of Dudley is banking on Jeffersonville.
The bank expects to open its fifth branch this fall at 207 Main St., filling a void when Jeffersonville’s only bank closed last year, said Clift Crews, senior vice president of the Bank of Dudley.
The Laurens County-based bank is locating its Jeffersonville branch in the building previously used by the former Sunrise Bank, which was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2013. Sunrise Bank was bought by Synovus and reopened as CB&T of Middle Georgia, but after a few months it closed.
“We actually purchased the property last week,” Crews said. “The building is in pretty good shape, so we’re not going to have to do a whole lot of renovations. ... Our goal is to open around Nov. 1.”
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The bank building has a drive thru and an ATM.
Five to seven employees will be on staff, and some of them may transfer from other locations, Crews said.
“It will be the only bank in Twiggs County,” he said. “It’s 20 miles from Dudley, 30 miles from Dublin. It’s a like-community of what we’re used to banking with. Twiggs County is nothing new to us. We’ve had customers from there forever. ... This is going to make it more convenient, and hopefully we will make more friends and more customers.”
The Bank of Dudley opened for business in 1905 in Dudley and is still in the same location, Crews said. It also has a branch in East Dublin and two branches in Dublin.
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