Bank of Atlanta to open branch in Duluth next year

DULUTH - The Bank of Atlanta will open its first Gwinnett branch next year in Duluth.

The bank will open in March at Sugarloaf Centre, a 22-acre mixed-use development project located at Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard, according to a news release from the bank. The branch will be the bank's second and the first to be built outside Atlanta.

The bank has a temporary branch at 2250 Satellite Blvd., suite 110, to serve Gwinnettians.

"We are delighted about our banking expansion into Gwinnett County," John W. Jackson, the bank's president and CEO, said in a statement. "It's a thriving economic area with a lot of warmth and small-town charm. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the community, helping local businesses grow and residents to achieve their financial goals."

Noble Jones, who was recently promoted to president of the Bank of Atlanta in Gwinnett County will run the branch, the news release said. Jones, a 26-year veteran of the banking industry, is a member of Mountain Park United Methodist Church, president of his neighborhood homeowners' association and a volunteer for Lilburn Cooperative Ministry.

"We look forward to strengthening our current relationships and building new ones with businesses, professionals and consumers in the community," Jones said in a statement.

Bank of Atlanta opened in 2006 with $60 million in funding. At the end of June, the bank's assets were $141 million. The bank, headquartered in Midtown Atlanta, offers loan and deposit services.

For more information, visit www.bankofatlanta.com.