One thing you’ll want to do, perhaps even before moving to The Villages full-time, is to open a checking account with a bank in The Villages.
Now if you have your account with one of the large national banks that have branches in and around The Villages, unless you’ve been itching to make a change, you’re probably good. Nothing to worry about for you.
But if you keep your money with a smaller local or regional bank where you live, or again, perhaps want to use this time of great change as an opportunity to make a switch to a different bank, this article is for you.
Moving Your Money
One way to fund your new bank account is to initiate a wire transfer from your old bank account. However, if you just want to fund it with a check, you can do that too and avoid any wire transfer fees. You might have to wait a day or so for your check to clear before you can use your new account though.
Citizen’s First Bank
Citizen’s First Bank is dubbed “The Villages Hometown Bank” and is the most widespread as far as branches and ATM locations are concerned.
Citizen’s was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in The Villages. Though I don’t have exact figures, I’m confident in saying that Citizen’s has the largest market share among residents of The Villages.
And while many banks were hurt in the downturn of the last few years, Citizen’s First has continued to grow and prosper, primarily due to the continued growth of The Villages.
According to one of our readers:
I have banked with Citizens First for the 14 years I have lived in The Villages. They are friendly, convenient and don’t treat you like a number. They take a personal interest in every customer and most of all, they are solvent. You just can’t say that about every bank. No bail outs here.
Citizen’s First has 8 locations in The Villages including a new office in Brownwood, and 1 in Leesburg. There are more than 40 ATM’s spread all throughout The Villages and customers are also allowed to use the MoneyPass ATM network and Publix’s Presto ATM’s without incurring any ATM surcharges.
Just like your larger national banks Citizen’s has on-line banking and most of the other services you’re accustomed to seeing.
Citizen’s First Branch Locations:
Avenida Central Office
903 Avenida Central The Villages, FL 32159
Phone: (352) 751-2124
2601 West Torch Lake Drive The Villages, FL 32163
Phone: (352) 751-2030
Colony Plaza Office
395 Colony Blvd. The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: (352) 391-1991
Lake Sumter Landing Office
1050 Lake Sumter Landing The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: (352) 751-2100
Main Street Office (Spanish Springs)
1129 Main Street The Villages, FL 32159
Phone: (352) 259-3280
Mulberry Grove Office
8590 SE 165th Mulberry Lane The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: (352) 751-2121
Southern Trace Office
3430 Southern Trace The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: (352) 751-2125
Spanish Plaines Office
1500 Banderos AvenueThe Villages, FL 32159
Phone: (352) 751-2122
Other Bank Locations in The Villages
Again, just because Citizen’s is the most popular of The Villages banks, you might choose to bank elsewhere. Here are some of your other options:
Bank of America
2315 Parr Drive
Lady Lake, FL 32162
2335 Parr Dr.
The Villages, FL 32162
Wells Fargo Bank
2415 Parr Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
13707 N US HWY 441
LADY LAKE, FL, 32159
300 S MAIN ST
WILDWOOD, FL, 34785
Sun Trust Bank
2365 Parr Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
4085 Wedgewood Ln, Villages, FL
2385 Parr Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
3340 Wedgewood Ln, The Villages, FL 32162
Insight Credit Union
530 N. Hwy. 27/441
Lady Lake, FL 32159