New Albany, MS: BNA Bank, Union county’s oldest banking institution, will celebrate its 125th anniversary October 16, 2021.
Founded on October 16th in 1896 as Bank of New Albany, BNA Bank is a state-chartered bank that has grown from a single location in downtown New Albany to 8 total locations. BNA Bank is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. In 2013 BNA Bank received the prestigious McLean Award for Philanthropy, recognizing the banks generous record of giving back to the communities it’s serves.
BNA Bank’s headquarters, West Branch, East Branch, BNA Financial Services Center, and BNA Mortgage Center are all located in New Albany. BNA Bank also has the Barnes Crossing Banking Center and Belden Banking Center in Lee County, a branch in Myrtle and a loan production office in Oxford. The bank’s 9th location, scheduled to open in the spring of 2022, will be housed in BNA Bank Plaza in downtown Tupelo.
Over the past 125 years, BNA Bank has grown to over $660 million in assets, has over 100 employees and still operates under the same basic community banking principles and philosophies that have made the past twelve and a half decades profitable and safe for depositors and investors.
Key highlights in BNA Bank’s history:
1896 – Bank of New Albany began with only one location, Downtown New Albany.
1933 – Bank of New Albany survived the Great Depression and is said not to have closed its doors even during the “banking holiday” declared by President Roosevelt.
2007- The bank extended its market by adding its first location in Lee County at Belden. This growth inspired the Bank of New Albany to and grow its community and officially change its name to BNA Bank.
2014 – BNA Barnes Crossing Branch opened with a new floorplan offering kiosks instead of traditional teller counters.
2021 – On September 7, the groundbreaking for the BNA Bank Plaza in Downtown Tupelo took place. This location is scheduled to open in 2022 and will house financial services and banking that will serve as a “solutions center” ushering BNA Bank into the next century.
Today, as the oldest community bank headquartered in New Albany, BNA Bank prides itself on its differentiating factors – outstanding customer service, innovative digital products and local decision-making. BNA Bank continues to grow and meet the increasing financial needs of its customers, embracing the technological advancements of bank delivery platforms while also maintaining strong personal relationships with its customers and supporting its local communities.
“We are proud of our banks tradition of service and unwavering commitment to the Northeast Mississippi region throughout our 125-year history,” said BNA Bank CEO James R. Collins. “Community banks like ours ensure our nation’s economic stability one loan, one customer, one community at a time.”
“We believe in our local small businesses and communities because we are a local business too,” continued Collins. “BNA Bank invests most all its capital resources here. Northeast Mississippi is our only focus, and our customers can bank with us knowing their deposits are being used to support the local communities, businesses and organizations of Northeast Mississippi.”
To celebrate the bank’s 125th anniversary and it’s strongly held practice of shopping and supporting local businesses, BNA will give away ten $125 gift certificates for New Albany MainStreet Money or Downtown Tupelo Dollars. To learn more about the contest and how to enter, visit bnabank.com or any BNA Bank location.
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