BMO Bank of Montreal

BMO Bank of Montreal

September 23, 2011 08:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY-BMO Bank of Montreal's Limeridge Branch Celebrates Grand Opening-Branch Open Seven Days a Week

- Economic backdrop in Hamilton encouraging with unemployment rate below national average and a growing housing market-BMO Economics

- 'Making Money Make Sense' in six different languages, seven days a week

- New branch represents a $1.5 million dollar investment into the Hamilton community

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2011) - BMO Bank of Montreal invites members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its newly relocated, full-service branch in Hamilton's Limeridge Shopping Centre at 999 Upper Wentworth Street on Saturday, September 24th. The branch has been relocated from 920 Upper Wentworth Street.

"Hamilton's labour market has been relatively steady, with the jobless rate averaging a shade above 6 per cent so far in 2011, more than a full percentage point below the national average," said Robert Kavcic, Economist, BMO Capital Markets. "The housing market is also firm, with average home prices and existing home sales touching record levels in recent months, so the economic backdrop in the region is encouraging."

With services provided in six different languages, the new BMO facility represents an investment of $1.5 million into the Hamilton community, and is designed to meet the needs of its diverse customer base. The open-concept design features individualized customer service stations and is outfitted with the latest banking conveniences, creating a welcoming and comfortable banking experience for customers.

"We are excited to be re-opening our doors to this vibrant community," said Tracy Brooks, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We encourage new and existing customers to come in and discuss BMO's unique home-buying options, such as our five-year fixed low-rate mortgage with a maximum 25-year amortization which can help save homeowners thousands of dollars over time and become mortgage free faster."

Customers can also expect:
  • Free coin counting machine;
  • Access to commercial account and deposit services;
  • Three ATMs;
  • Free parking in the shopping centre complex; and
  • Barrier-free access.
Ms. Brooks leads a team of 23 professionals including six financial service managers, a BMO Nesbitt Burns advisor and an in-house financial planner.
Grand Opening Details:
Who: Brian McHattie, Deputy Mayor for September, City of Hamilton
Harvey Bremer, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
Tracy Brooks, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
What: Grand Opening Celebration – Limeridge Branch
Great give-aways and prizes including a raffle draw with the chance to win one of four Toronto FC gift packs
Complimentary desserts and refreshments
Official ribbon-cutting ceremony and photo opportunities
Family-fun activities including face painting, a balloon twister, and BMO the Bear
When: Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Speeches and ribbon-cutting will commence at noon
Where: BMO Bank of Montreal – Limeridge Branch
Limeridge Shopping Centre
999 Upper Wentworth Street
Hamilton, ON

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