Meanwhile, in New Tampa, while a few of us still miss having a Krispy Kreme Donuts shop at the corner of BBD and Doña Michelle Dr., just north of I-75 in New Tampa, there’s no doubt that the new BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust Co.) Bank that recently opened in the space previously occupied by Krispy Kreme, is already a great community partner.

New Tampa BB&T Financial Center leader Frances Belisle and her team were on hand for the new branch’s Grand Opening and New Tampa Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on April 16. A few dozen people got to enjoy a delicious breakfast from the nearby New Tampa Panera Bread and find out more about BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT), which is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $178.5 billion in assets and market capitalization of $21.6 billion, as of 2012. Based in Winston-Salem, NC, the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, DC, and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services.

A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others.

The New Tampa BB&T is located at 17502 Doña Michelle Dr. For more info, call 1-(800) BANK BBT (226-5228) or visit For the Wesley Chapel location off S.R. 56 (at 26644 Silver Maple Pkwy.), call 907-2010.

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