Santander has announced plans to close 111 branches across the country due to the shift to mobile and online banking.
The bank said it had taken the decision because fewer customers were choosing to bank in branch.
About 840 staff will be affected by the closures, although Santander promised to try to find them other jobs within the business.
Santander said the reduction in branch visits was a long-term trend that had been accelerated by the pandemic.
Among the closures is the beloved Lytham branch which will face the axe.
Brenda Shaw, 71 from Lytham told Lytham St Annes News “I’m absolutely devastated – this was my only social interaction of the week. The staff are lovely there and I really feel for them losing their johs. Plus another empty store on Clifton Street is incredibly worrying, especially after the pandemic and the crippling lockdown.”
However Martin, 28 from Lytham commented “Who goes the branch these days? It’s so much easier using the app. I think the branch will make a good wine bar and improve Lythams already thriving nightlife”.
The branch will close in July – leaving the elderly in a precarious banking position.
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