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The Cecilian Bank purchases vacant bank for processing center

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Former PNC building sold for $901,250

By Sarah Bennett

The Cecilian Bank is making plans to move this fall into downtown Elizabethtown.

The local company purchased the building at 227 W. Dixie Ave., which was vacated in March by PNC Bank, for $901,250, said Greg Pawley, president and chief executive officer.

At this time, Pawley said The Cecilian Bank does not intend to open a banking center in the 20,000-square-foot space. Instead, he said the building will be used as an operations center for customer support and e-banking departments, which have grown in recent years as the bank expanded.

“Once we heard the news PNC had left that building, we thought that would be a great space for an operations center,” Pawley said.

On Thursday, Pawley said the bank is looking at opening the new building in September.

“We’re really happy and excited to be a part of that downtown community,” he said.

If downtown customers express an interest in a banking center, Pawley said The Cecilian Bank would consider offering retail services at the West Dixie location.

The customer support and e-banking departments are in different locations and “bursting at the seams,” Pawley said. One department is in Cecilia and the other in Elizabethtown.

In traditional banking, callers would ask customer support workers about checks or balances, Pawley explained. Today, many customers call with questions about debit cards, which is more of an e-banking topic, he said. It made sense to place the two departments under one roof to work together, he said.

The Cecilian Bank opened in 1903. It has 12 locations in Hardin, Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade counties.

The two-story building at 227 W. Dixie was constructed in 1963 and initially served as headquarters for First Hardin National Bank.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.