CHARLOTTE – Huntington Bancshares is joining JPMorgan Chase, US Bank, Fifth Third and other peers that have big expansion plans for North Carolina.

Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington’s strategy follows the hiring of Heath Campbell, who had been Truist Financial’s West regional market president before departing this fall. He’s Huntington’s executive managing director for the Carolinas. It also follows the hiring of Brant Standridge, one of Truist’s highest-ranking executives, who joined Huntington as president of regional and consumer banking in April  2022.

The bank has hired several dozen staffers recently, including a half-dozen Truist business bankers in South Carolina, bank officials said.

Huntington wants to add five branches in Charlotte, the Triad and Triangle over the next two years, says Scott Kleinman, a senior executive vice president who heads commercial banking. They’re likely to be small boutique offices, unlike the traditional branches such as JPMorgan is adding in the region.

Huntington’s nearest retail branches are in West Virginia, with most of its offices spread from Ohio to Minnesota, where it acquired TCF Financial for $22 billion in 2021.

The bank has about 40 employees in its new downtown Charlotte office. In October, Huntington hired Charlotte native Marcy Hingst as its new general counsel. She had been a Bank of America executive.

For more details, read the full story at Business North Carolina.