Rex L. Smith, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank and its holding company, stated, "I am very pleased to be planning our first branch expansion in over four years. We are excited about the growth potential in Maryland and see this as a great start to augmenting our existing branch network."
The branch site is conveniently located on the corner of West Street and Chinquapin Round Road. The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals and is pending the completion of a due-diligence period under the purchase agreement. If approved, the new Annapolis branch would be a full service banking center complete with ATM, and would be slated to open in late summer of this year.
Mr. Smith added, "Essex Bank is committed to becoming one of the best banking franchises in the Mid-Atlantic. We are excited for the opportunity to grow our Maryland retail franchise and believe this is just the beginning of more good announcements to come."
About Community Bankers Trust Corporation and Essex Bank
Community Bankers Trust Corporation is the holding company for Essex Bank, a Virginia state bank with 24 full-service offices, 13 of which are in Virginia, seven of which are in Maryland and four of which are in Georgia. The Bank also operates two loan production offices. Additional information on the Bank is available on the Bank's website at www.essexbank.com. For information on Community Bankers Trust Corporation, please visit its website at www.cbtrustcorp.com.
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