Washington Trust opens branch in NP

Washington Trust opens branch in NP

Washington Trust Company opened its new North Providence branch earlier this week, and will host a ribbon-cutting on Thursday at 9 a.m. in celebration. On hand Tuesday at the new branch were, from left, Eric Rodriguez, of Pawtucket, flex banker; Branch Manager and Asst. Vice President Marcus Charlemange, of Smithfield; and Jeanette Shorrow-Gerring, of Providence, retail banking supervisor. Missing from photo were flex bankers Rodrigo DaSilva and Tyge Joyce, of Lincoln. The new branch is located at 1588 Mineral Spring Ave. (Breeze photo by Tom Ward)

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Washington Trust Company, the oldest community bank in the country at 219 years, according to its executives, has opened its newest branch at 1588 Mineral Spring Ave., the site of a former Dunkin’ Donuts double drive-thru.

The branch opened on Monday and company officials, including Chairman and CEO Ned Handy and President and COO Mark Gim, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m.

Handy told The Breeze he thinks the North Providence branch is “a great location for us,” with plenty of residential density and lots of traffic on Mineral Spring Avenue, and the company is looking forward to being part of this community. The location between Douglas Avenue and Jacky’s Galaxie is also ideal, he said.

Mayor Charles Lombardi and the town have been great to work with, showing just how friendly they are to business, said Handy.

An important part of the Westerly-based bank’s strategy is to add branches in good markets “in an orderly fashion and when it makes sense,” he said, and this opening helps fulfill that mission. There are no other new branches currently planned, he said.

Washington Trust has 22 branches in Rhode Island and one in Mystic, Conn. The company has mortgage offices in Massachusetts.

The company is a “great community-oriented bank” with good products that are “fashioned into solutions based on customer needs,” said Handy. The bank offers the full spectrum of services for Rhode Islanders’ true needs.

Washington Trust has every intention of staying a community bank with a local touch, and that’s exactly what will happen in North Providence, said Handy.

The lobby of the North Providence branch is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and is closed on Sunday. Drive-up hours start at 8 a.m. Monday to Friday.

Marcus Charlemagne, of Smithfield, will work as assistant vice president and branch manager for the new Washington Trust branch. In his role he is responsible for managing the daily operations of the branch, growing the bank’s deposit base and maintaining Washington Trust’s active role in the community. Visit www.washtrust.com or call the branch at 401-473-2921 for more information.