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Wells Fargo temporarily closes downtown Winston-Salem branch. BofA shutting down Hanes Mall Boulevard location.
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Wells Fargo temporarily closes downtown Winston-Salem branch. BofA shutting down Hanes Mall Boulevard location.

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Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. have chosen to close a small number of Triad branches in their latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Truist Financial Corp. said Tuesday that all of its Triad and North Carolina branches are open.

Wells Fargo says on its website that the branch at 100 N. Main St. in downtown Winston-Salem is temporarily closed, as well as branches at 3001 Randleman Road in Greensboro and 124 E. Main St. in Jamestown.

Wells Fargo continues to provide drive-up-only services at the following branches: 2925 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, 221 E. Mountain St. in Kernersville, 1800 Battleground Ave., 625 Green Valley Road and 3608 W. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro, and 301 E. Main St. in Yadkinville.

“Branches continue to play an important role in the way we serve our customers, and we continue serving customers through our branches while prioritizing safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wells Fargo said in a statement Tuesday.

“Our temporarily closed locations will resume operations as soon as possible. We are sorry to inconvenience any customers who may do their banking at one of our temporarily closed branches.

“In the interim, customers can check Wells Fargo’s branch locator for ATM locations and the status of branches, and can use mobile and online banking tools.”

Meanwhile, Bank of America plans to permanently close its branch at 698 Hanes Mall Blvd. by Feb. 8 after closing in November its branch at 2899 Reynolda Road.

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Both branches already had been closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open Bank of America branches in Forsyth are at 1209 Silas Creek Parkway, 4001 University Parkway and 426 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, and 205 E. Mountain St. in Kernersville.

In High Point, it plans to temporarily close its 201 E. Parris Ave. branch, also by Feb. 8. Its branches at 1616 E. Bessemer Ave., 2015 Pinecroft Road and 435 Pisgah Church in Greensboro remain temporarily closed.

The banks, as well as Truist Financial Corp., have been reducing steadily their overall branch network in response to increasing customer preference for mobile and digital banking.

Wells Fargo has closed, or announced plans to close, at least 788 branches nationwide since July 21, 2020.

There have been at least 37 branch closings in North Carolina.

That includes Winston-Salem branches at 720 Coliseum Drive and in downtown Winston-Salem. It also has closed two locations in Greensboro and one in Dobson.

Wells Fargo had about 6,600 branches in 2009, when it acquired a collapsing Wachovia Corp. and gained an East Coast presence.

As of Sept. 30, Wells Fargo was at 4,796.

Richard Craver: 6 stories that defined 2021

COVID-19 and politics, whether local, state or national, spilled over from 2020 to saturate much of how 2021 has been defined.

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump led to an intriguing split vote of North Carolina's two Republican U.S. senators on whether to convict.

The arrival of the one-year anniversary of the pandemic proved to stir an array of emotions as local residents tried to process everything that’s happened by mid-March 2020 ... and continues to date.

The socioeconomic spillover from COVID-19 persuaded two Winston-Salem nondenominational churches to chose transformation over construction for their new worship centers.

Politics seeped into how high school sports are overseen with a Republican-sponsored bill that threatened the existence of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. The spark behind House Bill 91 appears to have been a slow burn of nearly two years between a GOP senator and NCHSAA leaders.

An often overlooked factor in the worker-shortage discussion is that the pandemic has led more North Carolinians to retire early, or to finally follow through on delayed retirement plans dating back potentially to the Great Recession.

Finally, Truist Financial Corp. Kelly King retired as chief executive by reflecting on a career — and life — path that represented his Christian faith, a hard-driven work ethic, a belief in giving back and discovering and acting on a purpose forged during a spiritual awakening.

Those are major reasons why King, who could spend his retirement days anywhere, is coming back to Winston-Salem. There’s some unfinished business to accomplish here.

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