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LAKE WALES, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust held a groundbreaking ceremony August 26 for the Bank’s Plant City office, located on James L. Redman Parkway near Johnson Road. The new site marks the first newly-constructed building outside Polk County in the Bank’s 102-year history.

“We are honored to be expanding our commitment to Plant City with a new building in the growing Trapnell area,” said Greg Littleton, President and CEO of Citizens Bank & Trust. “As a community bank, now in our third generation of family ownership, we celebrate this milestone in the Bank’s history and look forward to serving the individuals and business partners in this community.”

The 3,660 square-foot building, designed by Straughn Trout Architects, features a Mediterranean-style design and brick accents, in keeping with other nearby structures in the gateway entrance to Plant City. Miller Construction Management is set to begin the project in September, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2023.

Citizens Bank & Trust received FDIC approval earlier this year to expand to Plant City. A temporary full- service office, managed by Sandra Couch, opened June 21 at 1803A James L. Redman Parkway.

About Citizens Bank & Trust:
Citizens Bank & Trust is a wholly owned subsidiary of Citizens Banking Corporation, a one-bank holding company located in Frostproof, Florida. Citizens Bank & Trust operates 17 full-service offices in Polk,

Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. The Bank proudly offers a full line of banking services, including residential and commercial loans, mortgages, and investments and trust services.

The Citizens Bank of Frostproof, as the Bank was originally known, was established in 1920. Over the past century, and three generations of family ownership, Citizens Bank & Trust has continued its tradition as a reliable and dependable community partner.

About Miller Construction Management, Inc.: Miller Construction Management is a professional general contracting firm headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, and licensed in six other states in the Southeastern United States. Established in 2002, the firm has two decades of experience delivering state-of-the-art projects on time and within budget. Miller Construction Management’s expertise includes new construction, interior renovations, remodels and additions in commercial construction. The firm’s attention to detail paired with their commitment to quality has earned them national recognition and has allowed them to retain satisfied clientele, including Citizens Bank & Trust.

About Straughn Trout Architects: Straughn Trout Architects (STA) is an award-winning, multi- disciplinary design firm located in Lakeland, Florida. Since its founding in 1956, the firm has implemented consensus design strategies to develop iconic projects throughout Florida and the United States. With a project portfolio varying in scale and complexity, the firm is recognized throughout the industry as a design leader in commercial development. STA has been recognized for their growth and success by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Fast50” as well as the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Gator100, and was the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2005.

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