I live in the middle of small-town USA. We had a joke in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. When they broke ground on a new building, we’d say it’s either McDonalds or another bank.
Well, that used to be the joke. These days, you don’t see many new banks being built. As a matter of fact, there have been more banks acquired in the past five years than built. As a matter of fact, our iPay Solutions™ group is moving into what once was the main corporate branch of First Federal Savings Bank in Kentucky.
My question is, “Are the branches closing and consolidation happening because we don’t need that service anymore?” I don’t think so. Because on any Friday afternoon our local credit union looks like it is giving away money. So there must still be an opportunity to service a need for those community banks and credit unions, even in our little town.