Members of the Citizens Bank & Trust Board joined officers and other guests Tuesday 9/16 in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the bank’s new 8,000-square foot branch office at the corner of Edgewood Drive and Lakeland Highlands Boulevard. Architect Keith Hunnicutt and Contractor John Olson were on hand to commemorate the start of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2009. Also tossing a shovel of dirt was David Touchton from the NCT group, who is one of the charter members of the bank’s Lakeland Advisory Board.
Bank President Greg Littleton expressed his appreciation to all who came to share in the celebration. The two-story building will replace the branch’s temporary location, which opened in December 2007 behind the construction site at 1959 Edgewood Avenue. Branch Manager Melinda Herrin and Assistant Manager Jane Fortin will be able to watch the progress from their front windows. In addition to other bank officers, participants included Board Chairman P.T. Wilson and board members Jinx Wilson and Hood Craddock.
Founded in 1920 in Frostproof, Citizens Bank & Trust is Polk County’s oldest bank still in existence. In the last 10 years, the bank has grown in assets from $65 million to nearly $370 million and from one branch to 12. The bank recently relocated its downtown Lakeland office to Kentucky Avenue in the 6-story Citizens Bank & Trust Plaza overlooking Lake Morton. The bank also is working to open a third Lakeland office in the Christina area in late 2008 or early 2009.
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