Fifth Third Bank Opens First Branch in Charleston Market – James Island is First of Several Planned Locations

Press Release
July 11, 2023

Amber Darnell
[email protected] | 704-808-5016

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Following the successful opening of the Charleston Commercial Banking office last year, Fifth Third Bank, N.A., continues to increase its investment in South Carolina by offering full-service retail banking to the Lowcountry. With the opening of a James Island branch location on July 11, 2023, Fifth Third is planning to build an extensive branch network in Charleston to include a second location forthcoming in Mount Pleasant later this year.

Fifth Third began operating in South Carolina in 2011 with a commercial team in Greenville and, in 2020, opened the first branch location in that market. The bank now serves the Upstate with a five branch locations and plans are in place for more to open by the end of this year.

“Investment in South Carolina is a priority for Fifth Third and we are thrilled to open our first branch location in the Charleston Market,” said Lee Fite, President, Fifth Third Bank, Carolinas Region. “We have been successfully serving the Upstate for over 10 years and have expanded our operations in Charleston under the leadership of Charlie Arndt and Jason Hessberg. Our customers can count on our South Carolina retail team to listen and support their interests throughout the Palmetto State.”

The first branch location on James Island at 1301 Folly Rd. features a drive-thru as well as the Bank’s “Next Gen” design. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for this location are scheduled for Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

“We are extremely excited to open our first branch location in the Charleston market,” said Tommy Lloyd, retail executive of the Carolinas Region, Fifth Third Bank. “Michael McAbee, our regional retail manager has been in the market working to recruit and train a local team that will bring our customer-focused approach and innovative branch design to the Lowcountry.”

Next Gen branch features:

  • Mobile bankers using technology that allows them to meet and serve customers in a variety of settings. Rather than having teller “windows,” the new space gives employees the freedom to move around the lobby. Tablet computers encourage a more direct and personal way of serving customers.
  • A tech wall with a dynamic digital screen.
  • Flexible meeting and seating areas, with layers of privacy that can adjust depending on the need and the type of conversation taking place.

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third is a bank that’s as long on innovation as it is on history. Since 1858, we’ve been helping individuals, families, businesses and communities grow through smart financial services that improve lives. Our list of firsts is extensive, and it’s one that continues to expand as we explore the intersection of tech-driven innovation, dedicated people and focused community impact. Fifth Third is one of the few U.S.-based banks to have been named among Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for several years. With a commitment to taking care of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders, our goal is not only to be the nation’s highest performing regional bank, but to be the bank people most value and trust.

Fifth Third Bank, National Association is a federally chartered institution. Fifth Third Bancorp is the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Member FDIC.

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