Three bank branches in Stark County will be among offices that Huntington Bancshares will close by early January.
Columbus-based Huntington plans to consolidate 70 offices, including 30 around Ohio, in different markets it serves. The branches have another Huntington branch nearby that can support customers of the consolidating offices, a bank spokeswoman wrote in an email.
The Stark County branches that will close are:
- Brewster, at 210 S. Wabash Ave;
- Mayflower, at 2112 Lincoln Way NW, in Massillon; and
- Rotunda, at 2021 Mahoning Road NE, in Canton.
A specific date wasn’t given for the branch closings. A spokeswoman said the closings will occur “around the first of the year.” Customers who regularly use the locations will be directed to a branch nearby.
Huntington hopes to place the “vast majority” of employees at the three branches in other roles with the company, the spokeswoman wrote.
The spokeswoman said Huntington routinely reviews its bank network to ensure the mix of branches, automated teller machines, online and mobile banking services meets customer needs. Branches are reviewed for customer traffic patterns, transaction trends and the distance between offices.
The bank’s priority is to help customers transition to a new location and to offer more extensive digital and mobile capabilities to meet changing customer channel preferences, the spokeswoman wrote. Savings realized from closing a branch will be reinvested in other increasingly-used channels.
Huntington still has nearly two dozen branches and ATM locations around Stark County. Several branches are located in Giant Eagle grocery stores.
Huntington established itself in the Stark County banking market in 2006 with the purchase of Unizan, parent company to United National Bank.
Two years ago Huntington acquired Akron-based FirstMerit, which has been part of the Stark County market since 1989 when it bought First National Bank of Massillon. FirstMerit expanded in 1995 when it bought Canton-based Civista, parent of Citizens Savings Bank.
Federal regulators required Huntington to sell some of its holdings, including 11 Stark County branches, after it acquired FirstMerit. First Commonwealth, based in Indiana, Pa., took over the local offices in December 2016.