First Financial, Chase closes branches in Crown Point

First Financial Bank 

First Financial Bank and Chase Bank have both closed branches in Crown Point.

Cincinnati-based First Financial shuttered its location at 11890 Broadway in Crown Point on Friday. Customers are being referred to its Summit Crossing branch at 936 N. Main St. in Crown Point.

First Financial employees from its Broadway location are being moved to Summit Crossing.

“First Financial Bank continuously reviews business opportunities and performance throughout the company’s markets to ensure resources are properly aligned,” said Tony Stollings, First Financial chief banking officer. “Affected clients were notified via letter in September, and the decision was made with the knowledge we could still serve the community at a high level with the close proximity of the two locations.”

First Financial Bank also has locations in Hammond, Highland and Schererville. It opened its first Gary branch in the Ultra Foods on Ridge Road in 2016, but that closed after the supermarket was shut down.

Chase Bank shuttered its branch at 700 N. Main St. in Crown Point. The phone number was disconnected and a spokesperson did not return requests for comment.

Chase, one of the biggest banks in the world, still has 33 branches in Northwest Indiana, including one in downtown Crown Point. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimates it has nearly 19 percent of the market share in Northwest Indiana, second to only the locally owned Centier Bank.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.