By Abby Dawson and Tavia Moore
FNB, previously known as First National Bank of Oxford to the LOU community is almost finished constructing its new branch located at the Oxford Commons. The new branch, scheduled to open by the end of April, will feature innovative banking technology that customers won’t find anywhere else in Mississippi.
“We are gearing up to close our North Lamar Branch and will have drive-thru only on the last day,” Marketing Manager Melanie Thompson said in regards to the opening date for Oxford Commons.
Established in 1910 as a single location on the Oxford Square, FNB has expanded its operation to multiple branches across northern Mississippi. President and CEO John Barrett said that FNB is more than a historical landmark to the citizens of Oxford.
“A lot of our customers may be banking with us because their parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents banked with us. Our health as a bank is dependent on the community. We want to give back and make Oxford better,” Barrett said.
At FNB, service and loyalty are exemplified as their core values. Because of the unwavering trust from the Oxford community, FNB was able to extend their hospitality and convenience to better connect with the community at this new branch, according to Barrett.
The branch will allow for both current and new customers to enjoy the latest technologies and services available, while still being able to engage in traditional face-to-face banking. Patrons often call FNB the “Friendly Neighborhood Bank.”
Barrett said he believes that the convenience of the new branch will differentiate FNB from other competitors.
“When you come to the branch you’ll sit down to do your teller transaction. If you want to open a new account, we can open it right there at the teller station or we can go into a private room and open your account there,” Barrett said. “Hopefully, the experience will be less transactional and more personal.”
The iTM service will be available from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – noon.
Pam Murphree, longtime FNB employee, will be a lender at the new location. Kerrie Keller, the new location’s manager, will lead a staff of universal bankers. Universal bankers combine the services of a bank teller and a personal banker, who able to handle every day, basic transactions with ease. Customers will no longer have to speak to multiple people during their visit. It’s one and done at FNB.