Liberty Bank Opens its First Branch in Massachusetts
Joined by customers, area business leaders, community representatives and state and local elected officials, Liberty Bank today cut the ribbon to their first bank branch in Massachusetts located at 94 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, marking its official opening.
Teammates from Liberty Bank, which is headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut, also demonstrated what it means to “Be Community Kind” as they presented two grants totaling $10,000 to representatives from the East Longmeadow Food Pantry and Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. In addition, State Representative Brian Ashe and Jennifer Pickering, District Director for State Senator Jacob Oliveira, each presented official citations recognizing the opening of the branch. East Longmeadow Town Manager Tom Christensen also attended the event.
This nearly 3,000 square foot full-service branch includes a drive up banking lane, ATM, and night drop. The branch team, led by Teresa Parker, have been entrenched in the Western Massachusetts and Greater Springfield communities for many years – working, volunteering and residing in the area.
As part of Liberty’s growth strategy to build their presence along the I-91 corridor from New Haven to Hartford and now into Greater Springfield, they established a Commercial Loan Production Office in East Longmeadow in 2021. The Relationship Managers and support teams based in this market have been extremely successful in maintaining and building new relationships within East Longmeadow and Greater Springfield, attracting new customers to the bank, networking with prospects and building a strong community presence.
“Due to our rapid pace of growth in securing lending and deposit customers in this part of the state, we identified the need and made it a top priority to open a branch to better support our customers and communities, expand our branch network and drive future growth in Massachusetts,” said David W. Glidden, President and CEO, who is originally from Holyoke. “So we went out and hired some of the best of the best in community banking from Western Mass who embrace our mission in the work they do every day: to improve the lives of our customers, teammates and communities for generations to come.”
“What’s so exciting about our East Longmeadow branch is that it is staffed with teammates who know the community, have resided here and have customers they’ve been serving for many years,” said Teresa Parker, East Longmeadow Branch Manager. “I want our customers, community and others looking for a new bank to serve all of their banking needs – our branch is open and ready to deliver an extraordinary banking experience.”
The opening of the East Longmeadow branch comes only two months after the launch of Liberty’s Commercial Loan Production Office (LPO) at One Monarch Place in downtown Springfield. The branch at 94 Shaker Road was previously the Massachusetts LPO.
About Liberty Bank
Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is the oldest and largest independent mutual bank in the country. With more than $7 billion in assets, Liberty has 56 banking offices across Connecticut and two in Massachusetts. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant every year since 2012 and designated a 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best-In-State Bank in Connecticut by Forbes Magazine.