In the new year, Barclays bank have announced that they are to close 4 smaller branches, and move them into local Asda stores. The scheme is expected to expand later in 2014 with a further 4 branches making the move from street to supermarket. The branches will be open during normal bank opening hours but customers will have access to the cash and cheque machines during the hours that the supermarket is open.
Barclays have said that none of the branches closing are major high street outlets and that by moving into the Asda stores their customers will find parking a lot easier than in side streets in a town. The first branch within Asda is set to open in February in Birchwood, Cheshire and those to follow are in East Kent, Hertfordshire and West Yorkshire but as yet no specific details of the town or Asda stores involved have been released.