Wachovia customers in east Lincoln will no longer have to make those long commutes out of the county to do their banking.
A full service drive-up ATM is expected to be installed by the end of the month at Waterside Crossing in Denver.
Sarah Greene, spokeswoman for Wachovia, said it is in response to a growing market.
â€œWe want to service customers in that area,â€ she said.
The full service ATM will allow customers to fulfill all their banking needs, including making deposits, transferring funds and withdrawing money.
There are no plans for a financial center at this point, but Greene said they are continuing to evaluate the area.
â€œWe are always looking at the possibility,â€ she said.
Ralph Harkey, a resident of Denver and an employee at Wachovia in Charlotte, said he is excited that Wachovia has taken a step into a new market.
â€œWith commuters increasing in number this will provide another banking alternative,â€ Harkey said. â€œIt will add competition to the market which generally is a plus for customers.â€
He said he knows about a half dozen people who commute to Charlotte from the Denver and West Lake Norman area to work at Wachovia.
â€œOne thing to recognize is that east Lincoln is growing at a rapid rate,â€ he said. â€œMore people from Mecklenburg County are relocating to Lincoln County each year so the number of banking industry employees in general will increase.â€
Harkey said he thinks studies will continue for the possibility of a financial center.
â€œThe population is on the rise,â€ he said. by Amy Wadsworth