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Northwest Bank gets OK for two more branches

A state regulator gave Northwest Bank the green light to add two more branches in the Buffalo Niagara market.

The state Department of Financial Services authorized Pennsylvania-based Northwest to open locations at 129 French Road in Cheektowaga and 827 Hopkins Road in Amherst.

A bank spokeswoman could not immediately be reached to comment Monday, but Northwest's New York region president said last month the bank was still evaluating those two locations before deciding whether to move forward on them. KeyBank formerly had a branch at the French Road site, while First Niagara Bank used to operate a branch at the Hopkins Road location.

Northwest is already taking significant steps to enhance its presence here. The bank acquired 18 First Niagara branches last year, and now operates 26 branches in Erie and Niagara counties. The bank is also preparing to open a New York region headquarters and operations center in Amherst, likely in June, with 70 total jobs.

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