First Financial bank relocating in Oxford


First Financial bank relocating in Oxford

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In this 2012 file photo, Claude Davis, president and chief executive officer, First Financial Bank, leads a tour of First Financial’s renovated training center space at the bank’s former High Street headquarters in Hamilton. First Financial plans to relocate from Stewart Square in Oxford to the city’s new Bishop Square mixed used development later this year. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

A regional bank headquartered in Cincinnati plans to bring a new location to a new retail center in Oxford.

First Financial will be opening a branch in the new Bishop Square mixed use development at 419 Locust Street this fall, according to the leasing agent for the project.

Tenants already disclosed for the 50,000-square-foot Bishop Square mixed use development, which includes 272 units of student housing, include Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons and a Sprint retail store.

“We’re at lease with an office user to take the space on the second floor and in talks with other restaurants for the balance of the retail space,” said Joshua Rothstein of OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project.

The bank signed a 10-year lease for the 2,025-square-foot site and will relocate there from its Stewart Square location.

“First Financial Bank decided to relocate to enjoy stronger visibility and a more prominent presence for their Oxford customer base, as well as being able to right-size their store,” Rothstein said. “They’ll be opening up with a 2-lane drive-thru.”

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