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Media Advisory: BMO Bank of Montreal Opens New Branch in Guelph-Open Seven Days a Week

- New BMO branch represents a $1.5 million investment in the community

- Offering customers extended banking hours, including Saturdays and Sundays

- 'Making Money Make Sense' in eight different languages



GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - BMO Bank of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new full-service Gordon & Clair branch at 3 Clair Road East in Guelph, on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

The new branch offers customers extended banking hours, seven days a week, and is designed to provide a great banking experience through a variety of financial services and conveniences, including:

  • A coin counter - a simple-to-use kiosk which counts your loose change;
  • Electronic vault attendant (self-serve safety deposit box);
  • Services provided in eight different languages;
  • Access to commercial account and deposit services;
  • Two ATMs - including a drive-thru ATM; and
  • Barrier-free access.

This new branch is located in the heart of a thriving community that boasts a diversified small business sector and a healthy housing market that had added 10,000 residential units in the last decade. Furthermore, BMO Economics reports the city's population has expanded at a rate of 1.7 per cent in the past year, compared to the national rate of 1.2 per cent.

"The City of Guelph has shown solid economic expansion and population growth over the past decade, and is currently home to more than 90 major employers," said Tammy Hewitt, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "As Canadians celebrate Small Business Week beginning on October 15, we encourage businesses in Guelph to visit a branch to get their share of the $10 billion in credit BMO has made available, which will give them access to the capital they need to grow."

In addition, Ms. Hewitt noted that in celebration of the branch opening, customers who open a new BMO Kids Discounted Banking Plan and deposit $25 before October 31, 2012, will receive another $25 from BMO to help kick-start their child's savings. For more information, please visit the branch.

BMO's new Gordon & Clair branch's extended hours of operation are:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Wednesday;
  • 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday;
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday; and
  • 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Sunday.
Grand Opening Details:
Who: Liz Sandals, MPP, Guelph
Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph
Todd Dennis, Councillor, City of Guelph
Susan Brown, Senior Vice-President, BMO Bank of Montreal
Janet Peddigrew, District Vice-President, BMO Bank of Montreal
Kelly Kirkwood, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
Tammy Hewitt, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
What: Grand Opening Celebration - Gordon and Clair Branch
• Event begins, 12 noon
• Formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin at 1:30 p.m.
When: Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Where: BMO Bank of Montreal: 3 Clair Road East, Guelph

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $542 billion as at July 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Park, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
jessica1.park@bmo.com

Russell Baker, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
russell.baker@bmo.com

Internet: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOmedia