SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bancorp (Nasdaq: FBNC), the parent company of First Bank and First Bank Insurance Services Inc., announced today that First Bank Insurance Services will acquire Bear Insurance Service.
Bear Insurance Service, headquartered in Albemarle, North Carolina, operates four locations that have been serving the citizens of Stanly, Cabarrus and Montgomery counties and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. The acquisition complements First Bank Insurance's existing agency in Montgomery County as well as First Bank branches within the same markets.
"Bear Insurance Service is an outstanding addition to First Bank Insurance, and we welcome its customers," said Richard Moore, CEO of First Bancorp. "It has a long history of service to its customers and the communities it serves, and we look forward to continuing to build upon this great foundation."
The transaction is expected to close in early September 2017. During the transition period, Bear Insurance Service will continue to operate under its name.
"We are excited to join First Bank Insurance and to be a part of the First Bank family," said Paul Childress, co-owner of Bear Insurance. "The combination provides a wealth of products and services to our customers and increased opportunities within an expanded network."
"We are proud to become part of an organization with such a long-standing commitment to serve the needs of its communities," said Anthony Lowder, co-owner of Bear Insurance.
To learn more about First Bank Insurance Services, visit https://localfirstbank.com/insurance.
About First Bancorp
First Bancorp is the holding company for First Bank and is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The company currently operates 92 bank branches, with 86 branches operating in North Carolina and six branches in South Carolina (Cheraw, Dillon, Florence and Latta). A full-service community bank, First Bank provides best-in-class financial solutions, advice and technology to manage a home or business. Since 1935, First Bank has taken a tailored approach to banking, combining a range of cutting-edge digital tools with helpful local expertise. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FBNC. Visit our website at www.LocalFirstBank.com. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. First Bank Insurance Services are not FDIC insured.
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