Cleveland-based KeyCorp opened its first bank in the city of Pickerington this week.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp opened its first bank in the city of Pickerington this week.

On Monday, the first KeyBank in Fairfield County opened at 126 Postage Drive in Pickerington.

"Fairfield County is growing and is an important market for KeyBank," said Robert Lane, president of Key's central Ohio district. "With the opening of the Pickerington branch, Key now has 33 branches, 45 ATMS and 250 employees in central Ohio providing clients with award-winning service."

The 2,100-square-foot Pickerington facility will operate out of a site formerly occupied by Sky Bank. It's expected to employ six people locally, and will feature flat-panel video screens showing images from the local community, two drive-through teller windows, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, night deposit boxes and Saturday banking.

"The Pickerington community is a growing area and we want to be able to serve our Pickerington Key clients more conveniently, as well as be able to help the financial needs of the Pickerington community," said Mary Persichetti-Gallegos, manager of Pickerington KeyBank branch. "I live in Pickerington and grew up here and I am so excited to be working in the community I live in.

"The Pickerington branch has a very talented staff that all either grew up in Pickerington or Fairfield County or live here currently," she said.

According to the company, KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $98-billion. BusinessWeek Magazine named Key the top bank in its Customer Service Champ 2009 edition, ranking Key 11th out of the top-25 companies.

Per company policy, Persichetti-Gallegos wouldn't reveal the renovation costs associated with opening the new bank or the anticipated annual payroll of its employees.

She did say the Pickerington branch's services will include traditional retail banking, investment products, private banking, small-business banking and commercial banking.

"We are a relationship-based bank," she said. "We want to develop a relationship with our clients and help them with all of their banking needs.

"Key is also very involved in the local communities and supports local events," she said. "The KeyBank Pickerington office sponsored the Violet Festival and the Violet Festival Parade. We sponsored the Pickerington Summer Concert Series with Chris Logsden. We are a Platinum sponsor of the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce. We are also involved with Pickerington Women's Coalition and the local AmSpirit chapter."

A grand opening event for the new branch was scheduled to be held Sept. 30, after ThisWeek's press time.

An Oct. 3 tailgate party is slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the branch. Guests can register to win prizes, enjoy food and beverages and meet former Ohio State University quarterback Todd Boeckman.

Additional information about KeyBank and its Pickerington branch is available online at www.key.com.

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