Last bank to leave Chipping Sodbury

The NatWest bank has decided to close its branch in Chipping Sodbury.  The move comes as part of a nationwide closure of 197 branches that the bank is closing, including Winterbourne.  Customers will have to travel to Yate to use the bank’s branch there.

NatWest justified its move by saying the branches weren’t being used as much with the advent of internet banking.  The company said that everyday banking could be done at local post offices.

It’s not all bad news for Chipping Sodbury though.  Lloyds Pharmacy is to keep its outlets in both Chipping Sodbury and Yate, despite announcing the closure of 190 stores in England.  Their Thornbury store though will close on January 30.


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