NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) –
On Thursday, Huntington Bank said it plans to close more than 100 branch offices, as part of its acquisition with FirstMerit Bank.
As the two banks merge, they plan to consolidate or close 107 locations within Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Less than half of the locations are within northeast Ohio, encompassing the 11 counties of the Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Ashtabula and Wooster metropolitan areas. Officials say the closings are not anticipated until the first quarter of 2017, and only after the successful completion of the merger, anticipated in the third quarter of this year.
Officials wanted to stress that they will be offering ongoing employment to retail branch employees, even if their location closes.