A regional banking giant last month trimmed its local branch count as part of a broader wave of closures across its multi-state foothold.
BB&T locations at 6980 Forest Hill Ave. and 8727 Staples Mill Road closed on Dec. 8, preceded by the Dec. 1 closure of the bank’s outpost at 4710 Walmsley Blvd.
The closings were related to a previously announced cut of 140 of the bank’s nearly 2,200 retail locations across 15 states.
Of the three Richmond branches, BB&T spokesman David White said in an email: “Based on many factors, including client usage patterns, the decision was made to close the branches.”
That leaves the bank with around three-dozen branches in the Richmond metro market, in which it controls more than $3 billion deposits, according to FDIC figures. That local deposit and branch count is rivaled only by Bank of America, Wells Fargo and SunTrust. Union Bank & Trust is the closest locally based player in that tier.
White said no BB&T employees were laid off as a result of the closures and the bank has other branches in the vicinity of those that were shuttered.
The closures left an opening for at least one real estate developer. The bank sold the Forest Hill location in late December to Verdad Real Estate, a Texas firm that develops single-tenant sites for national restaurant chains including Hardees, Starbucks and Taco Bell.
Verdad paid $706,000 for the 0.6-acre site and 1,800-square-foot building.
BB&T still owns the Walmsley Boulevard site. It leased the Staples Mill property, which is owned by California-based real estate investment firm Pontus Capital.