Santander to close two branches in Northern Ireland
Santander is planning to close two branches in Northern Ireland.
The branches at Shaftesbury Square and Donegall Square East, in Belfast, will close on May 31, 2018.
Affected account holders will be transferred to the Royal Avenue branch.
Santander said it is “committed to maintaining employment and retaining colleagues by offering suitable alternative roles”. It said: “We will look to transfer the majority of colleagues impacted into branches within the same locality or into other roles in our Retail Division.
“Opportunities for impacted colleagues will also be considered in other business areas as well as options to work flexibly such as increasing job shares and part-time working.”
It added: “This decision has not been taken lightly and follows a strategic review looking across our UK branch network, changing customer behaviour, branch and digital channel usage, alternative ways for our customers to bank with us, whilst supporting local communities.”
The bank said by closing some of their “lesser used” branches they can “reinvest in our branch network” including digital services. Santander plans to refurbish branches in Portadown, Armagh, Coleraine and Enniskillen in 2018.
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