First Niagara will leave town, consolidates three branches

First Niagara Bank will close its doors at 30 Danbury Road on Jan. 30, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

This follows the closing of the bank’s Ridgefield branch on Friday, Jan. 16.

The move is part of a national consolidation that First Niagara Financial Group announced on Oct. 17.

“First Niagara Financial Group today announced that the company will consolidate 17 branches and two off premise drive-thru locations across its four-state footprint in January 2015, as the company continues to evaluate its branch network,” the company wrote in a statement. “First Niagara has continued to invest in mobile and online banking technologies, which are now used by more than 200,000 and 500,000 of its customers, respectively. Following these changes, the company will continue to operate more than 390 branch locations across its four-state footprint.”

Both the Ridgefield and Wilton branches will be consolidated into the Norwalk office  at 79 New Canaan Avenue.

According to the press release, customers of the impacted branches received a written notice, sent 90 days in advance of the closing date, and the majority of the receiving branches are within three miles of the closing branch.

“Customer accounts will be automatically moved to the receiving branch,” the release said. “Team members who are impacted by these changes will either transition to new, customer-facing roles or will have an opportunity to apply for any of the more than 200 open positions within the company.”