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Huntington bank closing branches; 3 in Medina County

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Huntington National Bank plans on closing about 30 of its branches in Ohio by the first of the year, including three in Medina County, a bank spokeswoman said Friday. Emily Smith said via email that the three branches are located at:

  • 1296 Ridge Road, Hinckley Township;
  • 1105 S. Court St., Medina;
  • 950 High St., Wadsworth.

The Columbus-based bank purchased FirstMerit Bank in 2016. At that time, it closed more than 100 branches in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia. The next round of closures will represent about 7 percent of Huntington’s branches.

“Huntington regularly reviews its distribution network to ensure our mix of branches, ATMs, and online and mobile banking meets our customers’ evolving needs,” Smith said in the email. “In making these adjustments, branches were reviewed for customer traffic patterns, transaction trends and proximity to nearby Huntington branch locations.”

It’s not known how many jobs will be lost.

“It’s our goal to place the vast majority of our branch colleagues in other roles where they can continue their career with Huntington,” Smith said.

Huntington said it wants to broaden online and mobile banking.

“Savings from the branch consolidation will be substantially reinvested in these increasingly used channels,” Smith said.

With more and more business being conducted online, bank traffic is down. After the consolidations, Smith said, Huntington will still maintain the No. 1 branch market share in Ohio with more than 420 branches in the state.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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