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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Intrust opens new office in Arkansas

By Jerry Siebenmark
The Wichita Eagle

Intrust Bank has a new, expanded office in Rogers, Ark., that will look more like a traditional retail branch.

The Wichita-based bank will host an open house at the new location, which is attached to the ground floor of the World Trade Center in the Pinnacle Hills area of Rogers, on April 5.

Intrust, which has $4.07 billion in assets, expanded into Rogers in 2007 by opening a loan production office there. In 2009, Intrust purchased the charter of Twin City Bank, a former North Little Rock-based bank. The charter purchase allowed Intrust the ability to offer full-service banking in the state.

The more than 3,000-square-foot space is 1,000 square feet larger than what the bank had on the fourth floor of the office building, said Paul Wilson, Intrust’s community bank president for Rogers. It also provides for the addition of a lobby, teller line, two conference rooms and two offices, he said.

“By moving to the first floor we have signage, a store front … a more functional area for full-service banking,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the bank had been looking for larger space because its lease at the building was expiring. Then the store-front space became available.

The Rogers office primarily serves the bank’s commercial business there, an area that’s home to Wal-Mart Stores, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services. Wilson would not say who the bank’s commercial clients are in northwest Arkansas. But he said having the ability to offer its commercial clients personal banking services – such as checking and savings accounts – was important.

Wilson said the office employs him and three others: a teller, a branch supervisor and a commercial lender.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com.

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