BB&T shutters three local branches

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One of the three shuttered BB&T branches at 6980 Forest Hill Ave. (Michael Schwartz)

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.

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Deon Hamner
Deon Hamner
2 years ago

Lot of closings hitting that Forest Hill Area. BB&T, Martins, Papa John. Shame. It’s such a beautiful part of our city and has a lot of potential.

Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas
2 years ago
Reply to  Deon Hamner

Papa John’s didn’t close, it just relocated down to the street to the Food Lion shopping center. And Publix bought the old Martin’s location. By the looks of it, Verdad Real Estate will develop the BB&T location into a much needed fast food place. There are no Hardee’s, Taco Bell’s, Wendy’s in that area.

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
2 years ago

Martins is being renovated now to be Publix; God no the historic station will be torn down for a Hardee’s? So much went into moving and saving that station.

Matt Faris
Matt Faris
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Dodson

Michael, could it not be moved again if it isn’t suitable for the new use?

Brian Ezzelle
Brian Ezzelle
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Dodson

Nothing historic about that station. It’s a replica I do believe