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SCHERERVILLE - Customers can shop for a mortgage and groceries at the same

place with Centier Bank's full-service facility in the new Omni

Superstore/Discount Food & Drugs at U.S. 41 and U.S. 30.

Opening today, Centier Bank's Omni branch is one of the area's first

seven-days-a-week banking facilities.

"A supermarket location is an effective way to extend services to our

customers," said Robert Bohle, Centier vice president. "This saves customers a

trip, because everyone has to grocery shop."

The branch will be about 700 square feet with both teller and private office

facilities, and is situated at the front of the store. An automatic teller

machine will be located in the front of the branch, which offers all banking

services except safety deposit boxes.

"Supermarket banking is the biggest advancement in customer convenience in

this area thus far," said Michael Schrage, president and CEO of Centier Bank.

"The location for this branch was carefully selected to build on our existing

branch network, provide even more convenience for our customers and enable us

to expand our customer base."

Schrage noted that supermarket banking has been highly successful in other

parts of the country, and provides a cost-effective means of expanding a bank's

delivery system.

Customer traffic will determine the number of employees and hours Centier's

Omni branch will be open. Initially, eight employees will be working at the

facility, which will be open 63 hours per week.

However, the bank's employees are not limited to the financial area. Centier

personnel will be spending time in the aisles of Omni, greeting customers and

helping people find items.

"Our desire is to serve the customers and do what is most convenient for

them," Bohle said. "We're the first in the area to offer a seven-day-a-week

facility, and we're proud to lead the way."