HSBC building in Leyburn to be sold off

The former HSBC in Leyburn.

HSBC says the building currently housing its Leyburn branch will be put up for sale when the bank closes.

The bank will shut on June 16 and the firm said the prominent premises will be sold later in the year.

Ahead of its closures, all customers will be offered help setting up mobile or internet banking, the firm added.

The company said it would be writing to all customers on 20 March to inform that the Leyburn branch will close on 16 June 2017.

A spokesman added: “We will advise them of local alternatives, as well as offering them 1-2-1 sessions to help explain their options or provide help in setting up mobile or internet banking.#

“We continually review our branch network to make sure our branches are in the right locations for our customers and we have a sustainable network for the future.

“Over the past five years, we have seen footfall reduce by an average of 40% at our regional branches and sometimes we have to make the difficult decision to close branches. These are not decisions we take lightly and we work closely with those impacted, including customers, to help them understand their options.”

The company said that 93% of contact with the bank was now completed via the telephone, internet or smartphone, plus 97% of cash withdrawals were made via an ATM.

The spokesman added: “As a result, most of our customers are already carrying out their daily banking needs without need of the branch itself. In addition to mobile and internet banking, we have put in place a number of measures to help customers, including a partnership with the Post Office, which is just a short walk from HSBC.

“The Leyburn Post Office at 11 Market Place, is open Monday to Saturday 09:00am – 17.30pm, so customers can continue to carry out their day-to-day banking.

“The property in Leyburn will be put on the market later in the year.”