Maryland's Wachovia branches to become Wells Fargo in September

Conversion affects 82 offices in Maryland

May 16, 2011|By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun

Wachovia's 82 branches in Maryland will convert to Wells Fargo's platform and name in September, representing the last wave of their merger integration, the company announced Monday.

The conversion of Wachovia's retail banking operations comes more than two years after Wells Fargo completed its purchase of Wachovia Corp. during the financial crisis.

"It' been very nice because it allows us to ensure that we have minimal impact," said Andy Bertamini, Maryland regional president for Wachovia/Wells Fargo. "We want this to be a very smooth, seamless transition. The time frame has allowed our employees to get comfortable with various changes and frankly our customers as well."

The rebranding of 868 branches and 1,487 ATMs in the mid-Atlantic region will begin in August in Virginia and end in October when North Carolina's branches are converted into the Wells Fargo brand.

Besides Maryland, Wachovia branches in South Carolina and Washington, D.C., will also come under the Wells Fargo umbrella in September.

Wachovia employs 4,400 workers in Maryland, 100 of which were added in the last year, Bertamini said.

Bertamini said there will be no impact on customers, who can continue to use their existing debit cards and whose account numbers will not change. Customers will not receive new debit cards unless they request one or the cards expire, Bertamini said.

In the meantime, Wachovia's mid-Atlantic offices are now being remodeled and updated with Wells Fargo's red and gold colors and to create a more open floor plan.

Hanah.cho@baltsun.com

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