Bryant Bank to open first Northport branch in former Regions building


Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 3:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 3:59 p.m.

Good things come to those who wait. In the case of Tuscaloosa-based Bryant Bank, so do branch locations.

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Bryant Bank is renovating the former Regions Bank location at the northeast corner of Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and 20th Street in Northport and will open a branch there in late January.

Staff photo | Michael E. Palmer

The former Regions Bank location at the northeast corner of Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and 20th Street in Northport will become the city's first Bryant Bank branch in early 2008.

'We wanted to be in Northport in some fashion and have been looking for the right place to get started,' said Bryant Bank President Claude Edwards.

The roughly 2,500-square-foot facility has stood empty since June, when Regions, which had occupied the building for 39 years, moved to a new, larger facility on the southwest corner of the same intersection.

Edwards said Bryant Bank is renovating the building, which it acquired about two months ago. Most of the changes are superficial, as the building already contains a vault, tellers' counters, two drive-through lanes and an ATM lane.

'The shell is still just like we need it,' Edwards said. 'We're just making some cosmetic changes to it, updating the equipment and so forth.'

The full-service branch is expected to open in late January and will initially employ six people, three of whom are longtime bankers in the Northport area, Edwards said.

Founded by Paul Bryant Jr. in 2005, Bryant Bank has six locations throughout the state: its headquarters in Tuscaloosa, one on North McKenzie Road in Foley, three in Birmingham and one in Huntsville.

Edwards said he hopes to be able to announce locations for two new Tuscaloosa branches sometime in the next month.

Reach Matt Hawk at matt.hawk@tuscaloosanews.com or 205-722-0213.

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