BofA to close Orono, Sanford branches

Two Bank of America branches in Maine are closing, but the employees who work there have been placed in other branches, according to a spokesman.

The Orono branch at 56 Main St. is closing March 16, according to company spokesman T.J. Crawford. And the drive-up location in Sanford at 6 River St. is also closing on that date. He noted there’s a branch in Old Town at 330 Main St., as well as a full-service bank in Sanford at 1364 Main St.

“Please note—all impacted employees will be placed at nearby banking centers. In other words, there will be no job loss associated with these closures,” he said.

In August, BofA, the nation’s largest bank, said it sought to cut 3,500 jobs by the end of September. That amounted to a little more than 1 percent of the bank’s work force of roughly 288,000. But they followed a string of other layoffs, including 2,500 already announced this year.

Bank of America has 33 banking centers in Maine, as well as three call centers in Belfast, Brunswick and Orono, all former MBNA call centers.

Crawford said the branch closers are “unrelated to our call centers, and there is nothing to report on that front.”

BTW — Tip o’ the hat to @justin_d_martin for the alert that the Orono branch was closing.