FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar. 17, 2009

For information, contact

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

First Citizens Bancorporation Announces Branch Consolidation

Columbia, S.C.– First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. announced today that it will consolidate the First Citizens branch located at 1099 Russell Street in Orangeburg into the First Citizens branch located at 791 Broughton Street.

“After careful review of the branches in the Orangeburg market, we determined the consolidation of the Russell Street branch into the Broughton Street branch will provide our customers and associates a more accessible and convenient location. The branches are located approximately ½ mile apart and we are confident that there will be no impact to our customers,” said First Citizens Executive Vice President Mike Wolfe.

All accounts currently served by the Russell Street Branch will be automatically transferred to the Broughton Street location. Customers will receive a letter explaining the changes prior to the May 15 consolidation.

Associates who currently work at the Russell Street location will be reassigned to other First Citizens locations.

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 183 offices in South Carolina and Georgia. As of Dec. 31, 2008, First Citizens Bancorporation had total consolidated assets of $7.02 billion. For more information, visit the First Citizens web site at www.firstcitizensonline.com.

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