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Citizens Bank breaks ground on new financial center in Monticello

Featured image: An architect’s rendering of Citizens Bank’s new branch in Monticello, designed by CADM Architecture, based in El Dorado.

MONTICELLO, Ark. – Batesville-based Citizens Bank recently broke ground on the construction of a modern branch banking facility to be located at 236 U.S. Highway 425 North in Monticello, the financial institution announced in a press release.

“We expect a target completion date of September of this year,” said Chris Lampkin, Citizens Bank’s Southeast Arkansas market president. “At that time, we will also consolidate the operation of our two local branches in Monticello into a new comprehensive banking center to better serve the businesses and families of this area.”

Monticello Mayor Paige Chase led a group of local dignitaries and the Citizens Bank board of directors in participating in the groundbreaking ceremony. Mayor Chase expressed appreciation for Citizens Bank’s continuing investments in the community.

“Where banks are being built, communities are showing improvement,” added Drew County Judge Robert Akin. “Citizens Bank is one of the stars of Drew County and Southeast Arkansas. This project brings excitement to our community because this will be where people will come to get the funding to build their buildings and start new enterprises. We appreciate Citizens Bank for participating in that growth.”

The new banking facility, designed by CADM Architecture of El Dorado and Magnolia, will encompass 6,000 square feet of space for Citizens Bank to provide a full-service banking relationship. It will also include a community room that will be available to the public and organizations to hold meetings and celebrations.

“This new state-of-the-art structure represents a major investment in Monticello and Drew County,” said Phil Baldwin, chief executive officer of Citizens Bank. “It also demonstrates Citizens Bank’s confidence in the economic growth of this region of the state now and into the future.”

“Under the leadership of Chris Lampkin, Citizens Bank is proud to have a dedicated and community-minded team to usher in this new time for our bank,” said Adam Mitchell, Citizens Bank president. “We are looking forward to much-continued success for the people and businesses in Southeast Arkansas.”

Citizens Bank has entered its fifth year of operation in the Monticello and Drew County market, having purchased the operations of the former Parkway Bank, including two locations in Monticello, one each in Crossett and Portland, and another in Rogers.

Monticello Groundbreaking - Mayor Paige Chase
Monticello Mayor Paige Chase thanks Citizens Bank for investing in the community by building a new financial center. Looking on are Drew County Judge Robert Akin (right) and Chris Lampkin (center), Citizens Bank’s Southeast Arkansas market president.
Monticello Groundbreaking - Turning Dirt
Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for Citizens Bank’s new branch in Monticello are local elected officials, community leaders and representatives of Citizens Bank. / All images via Citizen’s Bank


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