FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2009

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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 its First Citizens branch located at 610 W. Moultrie St. in Winnsboro into its First Citizens branch located at 111 S. Congress St. on June 29.

“After careful and thoughtful review of our Winnsboro branches, which are within one mile of each other, we determined that our 111 S. Congress St. branch is a more accessible and convenient location for our customers and associates,” said First Citizens Executive Vice President and Central Division Executive Sharon Bryant.

To minimize customer disruption, all accounts currently served by the 610 W. Moultrie St. branch will be automatically transferred to the 111 S. Congress St. Customers will receive a letter explaining the changes prior to the consolidation. Every effort will be made to reassign associates impacted by this consolidation.

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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