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FLEET BANK TO CLOSE
It was confirmed today that HSBC will be the latest bank to close branches as part of a move to a more centralised online service. The move will see 82 of the banks branches close as the company confirmed that the Covid-19 pandemic had emphasised the need for a different kind of banking. However they also made it clear that this was not the only reason for the move, as demand for High Street banking had been losing popularity, with customer numbers dropping by a third in the last five years.
Below: HSBC Bank, 221 Fleet Road, Fleet.
The bank is just the latest to close a number of branches as the face of banking, as well as our local High Street, continues to change, reflecting a growing trend favouring online transactions. The Fleet branch of the bank is set to close in June 2021 and it’s unlikely to be the last of this type of closure we will see in the coming months and years.
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