Will Whatcom County continue to see a significant number of bank branches close?

It’ll be interesting to see where things go with bank branches, said Hart Hodges, co-director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University. Hodges noted that this area, particularly Bellingham, is well-served with financial branches — not just banks, but by having a strong contingent of local and regional credit unions. He cities the size of Bellingham will be fine in terms of offering banking services, but wonders about smaller Whatcom County communities that may not have enough people that use bank branches to justify the expense.

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