Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 24 June 2021
HINCKLEY’S HALIFAX bank is set to permanently close in October.
An announcement was made yesterday (23 June) by Lloyds Banking Group, who announced that a total of 44 high street Halifax and Lloyds Bank locations would close before the end of the year.
Hinckley’s Halifax bank, located on Market Place, is one of the locations that has been confirmed for closure later on in the year, closing for good on 21 October.
A spokesperson for Halifax revealed to the Free Press that the branch will close “due to the changing ways customers choose to bank with us, which means that the bank is being used less often.”
The nearby Nuneaton town centre location on Abbey Street will remain.
The spokesperson further added that customers will be able to continue banking locally by using the Post Office which is less than half a mile away.
They said: “Customers can continue to bank locally by visiting the nearby Post Office, which is less than half a mile from the branch.”
At the Post Office, customers with Personal and Business Banking accounts can withdraw money, check their balance, and pay cheques and money into their account.
Customers will have their bank accounts ‘realigned’ to the Nuneaton branch, which will not affect the way that the accounts are managed.
It was revealed that 73 per cent of personal customers in Hinckley already use another branch, bank online, or use telephone banking.
38 per cent of Halifax’s personal customers already use other branches, like Nuneaton.
Not the only bank closing this year
This will not be the only bank set to leave Hinckley this year – the first will be Santander on Castle Street, who are closing in five weeks’ time, on 29 July.
Back in April, Cllr. David Bill wrote to Santander over their plans to close the Castle Street branch, where he expressed his ‘personal resent’ and urged them to reconsider.