First Financial opens Downtown Columbus location

Columbus, OH – November 4, 2015 – First Financial Bank is expanding its footprint with the grand opening of its sixth banking center in Central Ohio. To celebrate the grand opening of First Finanical’s first downtown Columbus banking center, local residents, community leaders and First Financial associates gathered for a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 4th.

First Financial officially entered the Central Ohio region in the fall of 2014 with the opening of two locations after acquiring First Bexley Bank and Insight Bank. First Financial has since opened three more locations after acquiring The Guernsey Bank.

“We’re excited to be in the city,’” says Steve Brooks, First Financial Market President. “Just six months after the three acquisitions were complete, First Financial made the decision to open this banking center downtown.

“It is a continuing sign of our commitment to this region to buck the trend by opening another banking center when many banks are closing branches; and we couldn’t be more excited to do that than in Downtown Columbus,’” says Brooks. “We are excited to keep growing our presence and our customer base.”

First Financial is excited to offer the community a banking option in such a vibrant area surrounded by new housing, Columbus Commons and The Ohio State University.

“More people are living and working downtown,” Brooks said. “High Street is a main connector through Columbus and campus and we’re able to reach a whole new segment of people growing and living downtown, including businesses and non-profits.”

Located in the heart of the city, across the street from Columbus Commons, clients will find a full complement of retail, residential mortgage, commercial banking, and wealth management services as well as teller and ATM service.

This new facility also incorporates several elements that reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability, including energy-efficient building materials, lighting controls and solar powered efficiencies.

Having a presence downtown continues First Finanical’s commitment to community and the bank’s three areas of giving: economic development, financial literacy and neighborhood development.

“Downtown is a great place for networking and collaboration,” says Karl McDowell, Banking Center Manager. “Our initiative is to give back to the community and to build long lasting relationships. Downtown is a place where you’ll run into clients, prospects, business and community leaders throughout the day and we would love to get to know them all.”