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Two new bank locations open in Gwinnett

Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, left, completes a transaction with Wells Fargo teller Taiefur Rahman as the “honorary first customer” at the new Wells Fargo store located inside of the Kroger on Dacula Road in Dacula. (Submitted photo)

Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, left, completes a transaction with Wells Fargo teller Taiefur Rahman as the “honorary first customer” at the new Wells Fargo store located inside of the Kroger on Dacula Road in Dacula. (Submitted photo)

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Carol Morris, left, Wells Fargo area president, presents $10,000 to Louise Radloff, Executive Director of Interlocking Communities in Lawrenceville and long-time Gwinnett school board member, in front of the Kroger where one of the first Wells Fargo banks in retail stores in the East is located. Sue Williams of Wells Fargo looks on. In background (L-R) are Vince DeSilva of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioner John Heard, and Wells Fargo’s Atlanta Region President Mike Donnelly.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Oh, the Wells Fargo wagon was down the street.

The famed wagon made an appearance in Lawrenceville Wednesday, as officials celebrated the opening of the first new Wells Fargo locations on the East Coast since a merger brought the brand here four years ago.

The opening of two new branches in Gwinnett and another in Newnan were especially lauded at a time when many major banks have closed locations.

“We are meeting the needs of our customers with face-to-face banking,” said Carol Morris, the area president of the bank.

The locations — at 1475 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville and at 505 Dacula Road in Dacula — are within Kroger stores, bringing an in-store model from the West Coast to this area for the first time, Morris said.

Gwinnett Commissioner John Heard, who took part in the Lawrenceville ceremony, said he saw many positives in the opening, not just the jobs the branches bring.

“By having multiple facilities at one location … that’s eliminating a car on the road for a trip,” Heard said. “I see it as part of the transportation solution.”

The store locations will be open 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The iconic Wells Fargo stage coaches will be at both branch locations Saturday for a grand opening festivities, complete with face painting, balloon twisting and free food.