Citizens Bank and Trust Co. will celebrate the opening of its new Cedarville branch with a ribbon cutting and public grand opening set July 27-28.

A ribbon cutting with the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce is set for July 27 at 10 a.m. and the grand opening is on July 28, said Mary Blount, Citizens Bank and Trust Co. training and marketing vice president. The branch opened for business on July 20.

On July 28, the bank will have refreshments and people can register for “a pirate’s chest full of goodies,” Blount said.

Citizens has a significant customer base in the northwest area of the county, said Citizens Bank & Trust Company President and CEO Keith Hefner. Building a branch in Cedarville is an investment in the area, he said.

“I realize this is a little outside of the trend these days where more emphasis is put on mobile banking and online banking - and we support those modes of banking - but I think in Crawford County a branch facility still has relevance,” Hefner said.

As Crawford County grows in population over the next 15 to 20 years, Hefner expects the Arkansas 59 corridor to grow with it, he said.

“It’s been rewarding for the reception we’ve got from residents up there,” Hefner said. “They are looking forward to it opening.”

Citizens is the only bank domiciled in Crawford County, with its prime address in Crawford County. All of Citizens’ branches are in Crawford County, as well.

Cedarville is a full service retail bank but will not have a loan officer on staff, Hefner said. It is Citizens’ seventh branch, with other locations in Van Buren, Alma and Mountainburg.

Ashley Parks, who has been with Citizens about 13 years, is managing the branch, Hefner said.

MAHG Architecture designed the branch building and J R Young Construction built it. The building is about 1,300 square feet with room for expansion, Hefner said.

Citizens Bank was organized in May of 1886 and is the oldest incorporated bank in Crawford County and one of the oldest in the state.