Bank One invests $7m in West Virginia branches

Source: Bank One

Bank One is investing $7 million to renovate and upgrade its 30 branches in West Virginia.

The makeover, which includes new carpet, wallpaper, paint and branch merchandising, is part of Bank One's national update of its branches to make them more welcoming.

The renovations, to be completed by the end of this year, include not only fresher-looking branches but also new building systems such as upgraded heating and air conditioning, new roofs and improved parking lots.

"We're excited that our new look will make customers feel more comfortable in our branches," said Mark Prince, CEO of Bank One in West Virginia. "Our state is an important growth market for JPMorgan Chase. "

Last year, the bank invested $15 million in renovating its main offices in Charleston and Huntington. Also in 2004, Bank One upgraded its 100 West Virginia ATMs to include easy-to-use touch screens, enlarged screens with full-color graphics, voice prompts for the visually impaired, and a Spanish-language option.

Bank One will change to the Chase name in West Virginia in 2006. Parent companies Bank One and JPMorgan Chase & Co. merged in 2004.

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