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United Community Bank locating hub off Cedar Bluff
Bank president plans to expand more, locate processing center at new branch


Pictured above is the future site of the United Community Bank branch at the corner of Cedar Bluff and North Peters roads. Construction could begin as early as August.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
A community bank with a branch in Farragut has acquired land to open another location off Cedar Bluff.

United Community Bank is planning to begin construction as early as August on the potential nerve center of its Tennessee banks at the corner of Cedar Bluff and North Peters Road.

“We feel it’s really the center of metro Knoxville,” Ed Bell, chairman and CEO of United Community Bank, said concerning Cedar Bluff.

“Traffic in that area is more than any area in Knoxville.”

United Community Bank acquired the land from Shoney’s Family Restaurant Oct. 6, 2003.

Bell said the banking company has plans to “spread out branches throughout Knoxville” and have the Cedar Bluff branch as a “anchor bank for Knox County.”


“We have a lot of customers in the West Knoxville area,” he said, “and we’re looking at another possible location in the Bearden area.”

He estimated the new full service branch could be three stories and anywhere from 15,000 to 18,000 square-feet.

A community bank with a branch in Farragut has acquired land to open another location off Cedar Bluff.

United Community Bank is planning to begin construction as early as August on the potential nerve center of its Tennessee banks at the corner of Cedar Bluff and North Peters Road.

“We feel it’s really the center of metro Knoxville,” Ed Bell, chairman and CEO of United Community Bank, said concerning Cedar Bluff.

“Traffic in that area is more than any area in Knoxville.”

United Community Bank acquired the land from Shoney’s Family Restaurant Oct. 6, 2003.

Bell said the banking company has plans to “spread out branches throughout Knoxville” and have the Cedar Bluff branch as a “anchor bank for Knox County.”

“We have a lot of customers in the West Knoxville area,” he said, “and we’re looking at another possible location in the Bearden area.”

He estimated the new full service branch could be three stories and anywhere from 15,000 to 18,000 square-feet.

It will have a community room, investment department, three drive-throughs, an ATM, night depository and “lease space within the facility,” Bell said.

Bell estimated the Cedar Bluff branch would employ approximately 35 people.

The chairman added there was a possibility UCBI would locate the computer center for the company’s banks in Tennessee at the Cedar Bluff location.

“The computer center would process all the work for checking accounts and savings accounts, etc.,” he said.

UCBI banks in Tennessee currently process accounts at the bank’s Georgia computer center.

“As we grow and get enough banks to get a computer center there, we won’t have to transfer the work,” Bell said.

He added that UCBI hopes to open the Cedar Bluff location in early 2005.

Hours of operation have not been set yet. Bell said UCBI would wait to get customer feedback to determine them.

“Whatever the general public demands is what we’re going to do,” he said. “We’re here to service their needs. If they want Saturday banking, we’ll do that.”

Headquartered in Blairsville, Ga., United Community Bank, Inc. operates 20 community banks with 72 banking offices located throughout Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

UCBI has nine banks in Blount, Knox, Monroe and Loudon counties. A 10th location is opening in McMinn County March 1.

The Farragut branch is located at 11134 Kingston Pike, next to the Bi-Lo shopping center.

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