WESTERLY, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
More than seventy people, including Providence Mayor David Cicilline,
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White, city and
state officials, local attorneys and accountants and other guests,
celebrated the opening of Washington Trust's new branch at 156
Westminster Street in Providence on Friday, December 12, 2008. The Bank
relocated its office from 180 Washington Street in the City to this new
location in Providence'sFinancial District.
"We've created an upscale environment that's comfortable and convenient
for the busy professionals of Providence," remarked John C. Warren,
Washington Trust's chairman and CEO. "It offers a fine blend of
state-of-the-art branch technology, that's unique to the New England
area, for fast, efficient, and secure financial banking transactions and
one-on-one personal service provided by our trusted advisors."
"Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and a
critical part of the Rhode Island community. The Capital city is
thrilled to have a new branch in the heart of our downtown financial
district," said Mayor David N. Cicilline.
"This branch opening, in the heart of the capital city's financial
district, is a testament to the bank's strength and its commitment to
the state and local community," said Laurie White, president of the
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. "It is clear that Washington
Trust is truly setting a new standard in customer service, while
financing efficient and sustainable resources in its community."
The 3,100 square-foot branch has a contemporary, tech-savvy design that
mirrors the energy and pace of the city. The branch features spectacular
iconic scenes of Providence and a wireless internet zone in the waiting
area. The customer service stations combine functionality and service by
providing a single location for both customer transactions as well as
Washington Trust is using advanced technology to provide customers with
a variety of methods for taking care of their transactions.
-- A state-of-the-art ATM that images check deposits and provides a receipt
with a picture of checks deposited.
-- An electronic queuing system that allows customers to "check in" and
then visit the customer lounge to access wireless or surf the web,
instead of standing in line.
-- Sales and service representatives cross-trained to handle various types
of financial transactions.
-- Bank representatives utilize Diebold's "Express Cash Recycler" (ECR) to
automatically count, verify and sort deposits, as well as dispense
withdrawals for customers. By eliminating the manual counting of cash,
the ECR provides more quality time to be spent with the customer.
The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington
Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $2.7 billion corporation headquartered in
Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington
Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest
independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank,
Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business
banking, and wealth
management and trust services, through its offices located in Rhode
Island, southeastern Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's
common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Marketunder the
symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.
Source: Washington Trust Company