BMO Bank of Montreal Continues to Invest in Barrie, Ontario



    Opens new $1.1 million bank branch

    BARRIE, ON, March 12 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal continues to build its
presence in the city of Barrie, with the opening of a new $1.1 million retail
banking branch in the Georgian Mall in Barrie, Ontario, to better serve its
customers. The branch is located just a few hundred metres from its former
location outside the mall.
    The larger 5,800 sq. ft. branch now boasts a staff of 17 personal banking
and investment professionals including a financial planner and a BMO Nesbitt
Burns Investment Advisor.
    "Our goal is to provide customers with a positive banking experience from
the moment they walk in the door," said Lucille Hutchinson, Branch Manager,
BMO Bank of Montreal. "With more banking professionals on hand and larger
office space to accommodate comfortable and private meetings with our
customers, we can assure BMO clients that they will be met by a knowledgeable
professional who is ready to have a meaningful conversation that starts and
ends with their needs."
    "Barrie is a thriving community that provides BMO with an excellent
location for growth. That's one of the reasons BMO opened a 325,000 sq. ft.
data centre in the Mapleview West Business Park in July 2006." said Susan
Markus, Area Banking Manager, Barrie South Simcoe region, BMO Bank of
Montreal.
    She added, "BMO has a strong presence in Barrie, operating four bank
branches and one BMO Nesbitt Burns office, serving the financial needs of both
retail and business banking clientele in the city. Many of our employees are
actively involved in organizations and activities throughout Barrie. BMO is
very supportive of employee volunteerism; this is another way in which we stay
involved in and connected to our community."

    
    Customers of BMO's Georgian Mall branch will have access to:

        -  Two Instabank Extra automated banking machines, including a
           barrier-free machine for wheelchair access

            -  Access to accounts and banking information 24 hours a day,
               seven days a week;
            -  A flexible key pad security shield and special viewing screen
               on every ABM to increase privacy and prevent customer PIN
               numbers from being observed by others;
            -  A 'fast cash' option that dispenses a preset $40 with only a
               single prompt, and
            -  The ability to add the total amount from up to five deposits
               in a single transaction and provide a consolidated receipt

        -  Extensive parking for customers;

        -  Full wheelchair accessibility;

        -  Two night depository services - one within the mall for retail
           customers and one located outside.
    

    The Georgian Mall branch is open for business starting Monday, March 12,
2007 and will operate: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
9:30 am to 8:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays; and 9:30 am to 3:00 pm on
Saturdays.
    BMO will hold an official grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 5,
2007.

    In 2006, BMO Financial Group contributed $32.1 million in corporate
donations, sponsorships and events to support communities, charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Locally, BMO provides major
donations to organizations such as the Royal Victoria Hospital, United Way
Simcoe, the Armed Forces and the Alzheimer Society.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Shivani Ahluwalia, Toronto,
shivani.ahluwalia@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996

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