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Community upset after Tompkins Trust announces closure of Odessa branch: Next closest location is 17 miles away

The village of Odessa will be losing its only bank in the coming days.

The Tompkins Trust Company announced recently that it would be closing its branch in Odessa. The branch is located inside a historic building in the village- and has been there for around 15 years.

The bank’s last day of operation will be June 18, according to officials. Customers will have to travel about 17 miles to the next-closest location.

“In response to the evolving needs of our customers, and to best align our resources to improve the overall banking experience in the future, we made the difficult decision to close our Odessa branch,” the company said in a statement to WENY. “We understand the inconvenience this may cause, and we want to assure our customers and community that this decision was not made lightly.”

Mayor Gerry Messmer told WENY that he was shocked by the decision to close the branch.

“I was not contacted initially by the bank but the village found out through a sign that was posted on their door and as customers walked in they read the sign that said it was going to close as of June 18th,” Messmer said. “They cited not having a drive-thru to service customers and low walk-in traffic of course during a COVID year when a lot of walk-in traffic was reduced.”