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Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalDeborah Clark is busy working behind the counter at Fidelity Bank in Downtown Rockingham. The bank plans to relocate to Highway 74.
Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalDeborah Clark is busy working behind the counter at Fidelity Bank in Downtown Rockingham. The bank plans to relocate to Highway 74.
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ROCKINGHAM — Fidelity Bank at 202 E. Washington St. will be moving to a new location soon, says Wiley Mabe, area supervisor and senior vice president.


The bank currently leases a lot owned by Pitney Bowes, a company known for its postage meter machines used by businesses around the globe. Mabe said Fidelity Bank has simply outgrown the downtown location.


“It’s going to be a while (before we move,)” Mabe said. “We have been leasing this location, but have already purchased our own land for the new building that will be located on (U.S.) Highway 74.”


The land used to be home to Rockingham Fish Camp and Steaks, a popular restaurant that recently closed. Fidelity Bank purchased the land for an undisclosed amount.


The old restaurant sign is all that stands on the property now, since the restaurant was demolished soon after its closure. What remains is a clean and clear paved lot.


“Architect Ron Cox of Raleigh has the plans and is getting them ready to send out for bids,” Mabe said. “There are no cost estimates yet and we’re in the very early stages. But we hope to start building in July.”


Fidelity Bank has branches in Rockingham, Hamlet and Ellerbe.


Reach reporter Melonie Flomer at 910-997-3111, ext. 15.


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