By Linda Burchette
Lansing area residents are invited to a public discussion Wednesday night, Feb. 29, about new banking services for the town.
LifeStore Bank representatives have been invited to meet with the town at 6 p.m. in the fire department upstairs meeting room and answer questions about banking services.
When First Citizens closes in May, town residents who use that bank will NOT need to move their services. Services will continue with First Citizens and customers can access their accounts through another branch. There is a branch in West Jefferson.
The board of aldermen discussed the issue at this month’s meeting, asking the mayor to seek a public meeting with representatives of First Citizens.
The bank’s corporate communications manager, Barbara Thompson, said local representatives of the bank could meet with Mayor George Rembert and he could share that information with the public.
The aldermen also discussed moving the town’s banking business to a different bank, and contacted LifeStore, headquartered in West Jefferson with Ashe County branches in Warrensville and Jefferson, about a public meeting.
Customers of First Citizens Bank in Lansing were sent letters at the end of January about the bank’s planned closing in May.
According to Thompson, the closing of the Lansing branch, open since 1985, is a business decision.
“The bank is always evaluating its branch network, and this was a business decision to close as there is another office in close proximity,” Thompson said, noting that the West Jefferson branch eight miles away will remain open.
“People are banking in many different ways,” Thompson said. “We looked at the best way to allocate resources, and will continue to offer tremendous service to customers in the area.”