has been changing the way Michigan customers shop since the 1960s. Now, Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bank is partnering with the grocery giant to change the way clients do their banking. Beginning with the new Bath Township location on May 17, Huntington Bank
will open more than 20 branches inside Meijer stores that will be open seven days a week with extended weekday hours.
“Customers really want banking to be convenient,” says Huntington Senior Executive Vice President and Retail & Business Banking Director Mary Navarro. “We decided we might as well put the banks where the customers already are rather than having them go somewhere else.”
The new Meijer branches will be full-service locations where customers can do anything from walk up to a teller with their grocery cart to sit down with a Huntington representative to talk about loans, investments, insurance and more. The branches will operate from 8:00am through 8:00pm on weekdays, Saturdays 8:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The branches will vary from 400 to 1,250 square feet in size and will employ approximately seven employees per location. A total of nine locations will open in the Lansing area over the next year, bringing about 63 new jobs to the area. According to Navarro, Huntington has long-term plans to add a number of free standing locations in the Lansing area as well.
“In general, we like Michigan,” she says. “It’s a state that has gotten their economic development efforts together, and we want to be a part of it.”