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Scotiabank and BMO branches in North Okanagan to relocate in 2024

Published Nov 08, 2023 08:16AM ET
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Scotiabank Lumby and Bank of Montreal (BMO) Enderby, both located in North Okanagan, are set to relocate their operations by September 12, 2024, and April 24, 2024, respectively. The Scotiabank branch will move to the Vernon Main Branch on 30th Avenue, while BMO will shift its operations to Salmon Arm.

This decision follows the departure of ValleyFirst Credit Union from Lumby in 2023, which left the community without a banking institution. Larry Clements, Scotiabank's district VP, attributed the move to market considerations and assured that service quality would remain uninterrupted.

Scotiabank has informed its customers about the upcoming relocation via letters detailing automatic account transfers, digital banking options, and regulatory compliance ensured by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada during such closures. All accounts and safety deposit boxes will be auto-transferred to Vernon without any disruption or change in account numbers.

BMO's regional VP Stephanie Partridge gave Enderby clients a six-month notice of the move and encouraged early use of the Salmon Arm branch. Accounts, loans, and investments will be auto-transferred, but safety deposit boxes must be closed by owners at the Enderby branch by March 22, 2024. Anke Suwanda, BMO's senior media relations manager, emphasized their commitment to a smooth transition and ongoing service quality.

The impending bank relocations have sparked concerns among local residents. Lumby mayor Kevin Acton expressed worries about the potential impact on local businesses. Similarly, a local resident Kelly Brown has scheduled a meeting at Enderby Legion on December 8, 2023, to discuss the closure of BMO Enderby.

In response to inquiries from Black Press about potential employee impact and relocations within the bank, BMO committed to assisting its branch employees in finding other opportunities. The fate of Scotiabank's employees remains uncertain.

Once these relocations take place, Enderby and District Credit Union will remain as Enderby's only financial institution.

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Similarly, for Scotiabank, it is also a significant player in the industry. The bank has been facing poor earnings and cash flow which may force dividend cuts. The InvestingPro data shows a P/E ratio of 9.17 and a market cap of 51.76B USD. Scotiabank has also maintained dividend payments for 51 consecutive years, reflecting a strong commitment to its shareholders.

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