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FALL 2018 - 3rd Quarter
Grand Opening: Emporia
Benchmark’s service footprint officially expanded on Thursday, September 27, with the grand opening of its 15th branch in Emporia, VA. The Ribbon Cutting and After Hours event sponsored by the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce featured Emporia Mayor Mary Person (pictured at left with scissors) welcoming Benchmark to the community.
Benchmark President/CEO Jay Stafford expressed the bank’s appreciation for the warm welcome the bank has received, as well as the excitement the bank feels from the Emporia-Greensville County area.
Beginning Friday, September 28th, Emporia Branch Manager Gloria Robinson and team members Jim Saunders, Michelle Jones, and Annie Poythress hosted the community for special events celebrating Benchmark’s opening. Guests were invited to participate in multiple prize drawings daily with one grand prize winner receiving $500.
Benchmark to Open in Youngsville, NC
Third quarter 2018 was capped with the announcement of Benchmark’s planned expansion to the Youngsville, NC market. Located on S. College Street in the former SunTrust building, the new branch will be the 16th in Benchmark’s growing service network.
"The opportunity came to us to provide banking services for a community that just lost its only downtown bank," President/CEO Jay Stafford said of the expansion. "This is a perfect fit for us. It really gives us a chance to become an integral part of this historic and growing community."
The Youngsville branch is scheduled to open in early 2019.