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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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2 BUSINESS JANUARY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Washington Trust opens branch in NP NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Washington Trust Company, the old- est community bank in the country at 219 years, according to its execu- tives, has opened its newest branch at 1588 Mineral Spring Ave., the site of a former Dunkin' Donuts double drive-thru. The branch opened on Monday and company officials, including Chairman and CEO Ned Handy and President and COO Mark Gim, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. Handy told The Breeze he thinks the North Providence branch is "a great location for us," with plenty of residential density and lots of traffic on Mineral Spring Avenue, and the company is looking forward to being part of this community. The location between Douglas Avenue and Jacky's Galaxie is also ideal, he said. Mayor Charles Lombardi and the town have been great to work with, showing just how friendly they are to business, said Handy. An important part of the Westerly- based bank's strategy is to add branches in good markets "in an orderly fashion and when it makes sense," he said, and this opening helps fulfill that mission. There are no other new branches currently planned, he said. Washington Trust has 22 branches in Rhode Island and one in Mystic, Conn. The company has mortgage offices in Massachusetts. The company is a "great com- munity-oriented bank" with good products that are "fashioned into solu- tions based on customer needs," said Handy. The bank offers the full spec- trum of services for Rhode Islanders' true needs. Washington Trust has every intention of staying a community bank with a local touch, and that's exactly what will happen in North Providence, said Handy. The lobby of the North Providence branch is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and is closed on Sunday. Drive- up hours start at 8 a.m. Monday to Friday. Marcus Charlemagne, of Smithfield, will work as assistant vice president and branch manager for the new Washington Trust branch. In his role he is responsible for managing the daily operations of the branch, growing the bank's deposit base and maintaining Washington Trust's active role in the community. Visit www. washtrust.com or call the branch at 401-473-2921 for more information. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Marieville is now home to Bread Box Bakery, an artisanal bakery serving handcrafted breads and pastries, made fresh every day with local ingredients. Bread Box, located at 1101 Mineral Spring Ave. across from Stop & Shop, opened its doors last month. It's a dream realized for owner George Brown, an engi- neer by trade who said he always wanted to open his own bakery. The dream was stalled when Brown suffered a heart attack in 2016, but plans were again set in motion last spring when his childhood friend called to tell Brown he found the perfect location for his bakery near the North Providence/Pawtucket line. Brown's wife Deborah, an accountant, crunched the numbers. "When he first said he wanted to do this, I thought he was out of his New Bread Box Bakery serving up artisanal creations By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See BREAD BOX, Page 4 BREEZE PHOTO BY TOM WARD Washington Trust Company opened its new North Providence branch earlier this week, and will host a ribbon-cutting on Thursday at 9 a.m. in celebration. On hand Tuesday at the new branch were, from left, ERIC RODRIGUEZ, of Pawtucket, flex banker; Branch Manager and Asst. Vice President MARCUS CHARLEMANGE, of Smithfield; and JEANETTE SHORROW- GERRING, of Providence, retail banking supervisor. Missing from photo were flex bankers Rodrigo DaSilva and Tyge Joyce, of Lincoln. The new branch is located at 1588 Mineral Spring Ave. We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care.

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