is poised to get a new community bank this fall.
Seeking to attract more customers, the Baltimore branch of CFG Community Bank
, will relocate from Lombard Street in Highlandtown to a branch in Fells Point that will open Sept. 17.
The bank will move into a new, 1,000-square-foot location at 1615 Thames St. in Fells Point where it hopes to attract both residential and commercial clients, Branch Manager Curtis Pope says.
Pope previously launched branches of SunTrust and PNC Bank as a manager.
"I like the community side of banking. I love interacting with people, and building the communities we grew up in," Pope says.
The bank's relocation was inspired by a desire to be in an area that is more affluent and has more foot traffic, Pope says. The branch is currently located in a shopping center.
Pope says the bank plans to help build the community by lending to businesses with a proven track record, including bars and restaurants that sometimes have a harder time getting loans. While some bigger banks might reject some smaller businesses types outright, Pope says CFG Community Bank plans to work with businesses that show potential.
No additional branches are planned at the moment, but Pope says the company could expand in the future.
The bank has locations in Lutherville and Annapolis, and recently relocated its Lutherville branch from Towson to accommodate for more parking and vehicle traffic.
Source: Curtis Pope, branch manager
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