BUTLER -- Park National Bank on Thursday announced plans to donate its Butler office building at 85 N. Main St. to the Butler Area Merchants Association, effective Dec. 1.

The building, which closed as a banking office on Sept. 30, will be entrusted to the Butler Area Merchants Association to be used in ways that support local businesses and the best interest of the community.

The parking lot will also serve as a central meeting space for local events such as the annual Butler Apple Fest, a site for car shows, and other community gatherings.

The Butler Area Merchants Association is an all-volunteer group of residents from the Village of Butler and Worthington Township who are focused on helping the local business community.

“The Butler Area Merchants Association is an important part of the community and we fully support the great work they’re doing and planning," said Park National Bank Division President Chris Hiner.

"While our facility there no longer suits our business needs in Butler, we believe it can be a resource for positive community support in a new way, and we’re very pleased to donate the property,” Hiner said.

According to Hiner, an upgraded bank ATM will remain on site, helping to serve local customers in concert with the bank’s nearby offices (like Bellville), digital banking services, and 24/7 Customer Care Center.

The upgraded ATM will include new features like enhanced deposit options, customizable customer preferences and more.

“Keeping this property, which is located in the center of town, in active use is very important and critical for the Butler area,” Butler Area Merchants Association President Wes Dingus said.

“Park National Bank has continually shown they care about Butler, and we’re grateful they’ve chosen to donate the building to our mission. We all look forward to using it in a variety of ways in the future," Dingus said.

Additional facts:

-- The Bellville office of Park National Bank features additional conveniences including drive-thru banking and a drive-up ATM.

-- Park’s online and mobile banking services are free and available around the clock.

-- Park’s Customer Care Center is open and ready to serve customers 24/7 over the phone and online.

-- All deposits made at Park National ATMs before 7 p.m. post the same business day.

Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, Park National Corporation, which has $9.7 billion in total assets (as of June 30, 2020), is a full-service financial services company known for its highly personalized service and strong financial performance through generations.

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