BMO Bank of Montreal Opens New $1.3 million Branch in Mission



    VANCOUVER, March 12 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal continues to expand its
retail presence in the Lower Mainland with the opening of a new $1.3 million
bank branch in the rapidly growing residential community of Mission, British
Columbia.
    This is one of two new branches that the bank is opening today in the
Lower Mainland - the other being a full-service retail branch in Burnaby B.C.
In the last five months BMO has opened branches in Langley, Richmond, Mission
and Burnaby as well as in Kamloops. Earlier this year, the bank announced that
it will renovate 30 locations and open 15 new branches across Canada to make
it more convenient for its customers to manage their finances.
    The new Mission Hills branch, located in The Shops at Mission Hills
Shopping Centre, at the corner of Lougheed Highway and Highway No.11, is a
full-service operation providing its clients with a complete range of
financial services including loans, mortgages, and commercial and personal
banking services.
    "We look forward to welcoming our BMO customers to our new modern
location. We are also excited to be able to introduce our services to many new
customers who live and work in this area of Mission," said Rob Serraglio, Vice
President, Personal Banking, Greater Vancouver, BMO Bank of Montreal.

    
    The ten-person branch, led by Branch Manager, Carol MacNeil, offers
convenience services such as:

    -  Extended banking hours: Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 4:00, Fridays 9:30 -
       5:00 and Saturdays 9:30 to 4:00.
    -  Two Instabank Extra Automated Banking Machines (ABMs)
    -  Full wheelchair accessibility
    -  A drive-through ABM and
    -  Ample free on-site parking.
    

    "Our job is to demonstrate to our customers that we are the only
financial institution they will ever need, and I believe we have the staff;
the products and services; and the location to prove it day in and day out,"
said Ms. MacNeil. "Our customers can be sure they will be met by a
professional ready to have a meaningful conversation that begins and ends with
their needs."
    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 United Way of the Lower Mainland,
BCIT's new Aerospace Centre located near the Vancouver International Airport,
Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

    In British Columbia, BMO Financial Group has 3,000 employees and serves
customers from 140 BMO Bank of Montreal branches, six BMO Nesbitt Burns
offices and five BMO Harris Private Banking offices.


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For further information:

For further information: Laurie Grant, Vancouver, laurie.grant@bmo.com,
(604) 665-7596; Internet: www.bmo.com

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