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Ameris Banks consolidating Lee County/Albany offices

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A planned reorganization of Moultrie-based Ameris Banks throughout the southeast will include the closing of a Leesburg branch and a drive-through location in Cordele.

Ann Stanton, associate vice president of marketing for Ameris, said Friday that customers of the branches that are set for consolidation have already been informed of the planned mergers.

"We are planning on merging the Lee County branch with the Albany branch," Stanton said. "It's really just to improve efficiency and to be able to better serve our customers."

The closures will be completed by March, she said.

In December, Ameris announced restructuring plans that are expected to reduce its annual operating expenses by roughly $12.1 million.

The bank will consolidate, sell or close at least 13 of its 66 branches. According to Ameris' website, these smaller branches collectively represent 2.9 percent of the company's total loans and 5.4 percent of the company's total non-CD deposits, as of Sept. 30, 2012.

The company is also developing efficiency plans for its remaining branches in an effort to streamline operations and provide a higher level of customer service, Stanton said.

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