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Santander closing two bank branches in Cumbria

Santander is shutting two branches in Carlisle and Whitehaven, but the bank says no staff will lose their jobs.

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The outlets at 18 Devonshire Street, Carlisle, and 43 King Street, Whitehaven, are expected to close by the middle of June.

The announcement follows a national review that will see 56 branches go.

The Devonshire Street, Carlisle, branch used to be an Alliance & Leicester. It will close on May 31.

The building is being offered for sale by commercial property specialist CBRE for £700,000.

It comprises of 1,720sq ft of basement and ground-floor retail space.

A note on CBRE’s sale particulars says “confidential – staff unaware”, although the bank says its employees do know about the closure plan and it is writing to tell customers.

Spanish-owned Santander acquired and rebranded the branches of three former building societies – Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley – between 2004 and 2008. That gave it a 1,200-strong network with duplication in many places.

In Carlisle, for example, there are two Santanders in Devonshire Street and a third in nearby Bank Street. A spokeswoman said: “We have been closely reviewing how customers use the new branch network.

“Based on this analysis, we are consolidating some branches but only where our detailed, two-year research shows we can continue to provide the level of service needed to the local community. Santander is not leaving any town in which it has a full-service branch and it is not making any redundancies.

“And we are investing in 25 new branches this year in places where we currently don’t have a presence.”

The Whitehaven bank, former Abbey branch, will close on June 15.

There is another Santander close by at 22 King Street. Santander is also in talks to take over 318 Royal Bank of Scotland branches, including those at Lowther Street and Castle Street in Carlisle.

Have your say

With all the savings will bring how about Santander opening a branch in Wigton?

Posted by anon on 25 April 2012 at 11:39

Why did Santander believe they required multiple outlets in the same town?

Posted by Uncle pennybags on 25 April 2012 at 08:30

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