Merger strengthens local bank for lending

Local bank Gulf Coast Community Bank (GCCB) was absorbed by regional banking franchise The First, A National Banking Association at the start of the year for roughly $3 million in stock exchanges and other transactions.

GCCB officially opened July 2003 in Pensacola and was co-founded by businessman and former State representative Buzz Ritchie, who now serves as market president for The First.

Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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