Atmore Regions receiving facelift

Published 5:50 am Wednesday, July 18, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
There is a new shade of green glowing at Regions Bank as the company merges with AmSouth Bank.
Although Regions has merged with AmSouth, customers should not experience too many changes as far as their service goes, Atmore's Regions' vice president and branch manager Bill Fleming said.
"There should be very minimal changes for Regions' customers," Fleming said. "We are updating software, which shouldn't affect consumers. There will be changes to the online banking services and there will also be new products that will be beneficial to customers."
Regions has changed its sign to the new logo, which is a bright shade of green that will catch everyone's attention who passes by the facility.
"You ought to be able to see a Regions everywhere you go," Fleming said.
The merger will allow customers more convenience and more choices, according to the Regions Web site. After the companies are combined completely, customers will have access to more than 1,900 branches and 2,400 ATMs in a total of 16 states. Regions customers will be able to keep their current accounts, checks and PIN numbers. There are also new accounts that are obtainable and customers can add special benefits and rewards.
Regions customers in Atmore should have received their new CheckCards with the updated logo in June, along with a merger information packet in the mail.
The new signs have popped up along Alabama and Florida Regions and AmSouth branches. ATMs and accounts in Alabama and Florida were also converted to the new Regions.
According to the Web site the entire merging process, which includes changing Regions and AmSouth signs and merging ATMs and accounts in 16 different states, will be concluded in early 2008.
Although the merger is the cause of the bright green signs shining at Atmore's Regions, it is not the full reason of all the remodeling, Fleming said.
"We are just doing some upgrades that do not have anything to do with the merger," Fleming said. "We are going back with stucco to upgrade a little bit. We are just doing some renovations. Right now we are not going to do anything inside. We hope to be done in about three weeks."
Fleming said most of the work done at the drive thru window and in front of the building will be done at night and on weekends so consumers will not be disturbed.
"Hopefully there will be a minimal effect to customers," he said.
For more information on the merger or for Atmore Regions' upgrades, call 368-4500.

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