FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep. 17, 2008

For information, contact

Contact: Ashley Sherry
First Citizens Corporate Communications
Phone: 803-931-1332
Email: ashley.sherry@firstcitizensonline.com
www.firstcitizensonline.com

FIRST CITIZENS OPENS BRANCH IN CAROLINA FOREST

Myrtle Beach, S.C– First Citizens is pleased to announce that it will expand its market presence in Horry County by opening a branch in Carolina Forest, S.C., located at 4040 River Oaks Drive. The branch will officially open Monday, Sept. 29, with a ribbon-cutting event to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15. This market entry supports First Citizens’ strategic direction to grow its presence in communities not currently served by the bank.

As part of this expansion, Carolina Forest resident Kelly Cauble has been named relationship manager for the branch. “She will be able to combine the expertise she has developed throughout her career with her knowledge of Carolina Forest to provide the community with the best possible banking experience,” said Rebecca Hardwick, First Citizens’ market executive for the Grand Strand area.

About First Citizens
First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc., is the parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., The Exchange Bank of South Carolina, Inc., and Merchants & Farmers Bank of Comer, Ga. First Citizens Bank offers services in commercial and retail banking through its 180 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of September 30, 2008, First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. had total consolidated assets of $6.42 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.

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