First Citizens Bancshares of Raleigh, N.C., opened its second grocery store branch in Virginia, continuing a push to build a significant franchise in the state.

The $8 billion-asset banking company cut the ribbon on the Roanoke, Va., branch last Tuesday. Its first in-store branch was opened in Blacksburg, Va., in April 1996. A third such branch is slated to open in Lynchburg in October. All three supermarket branches are in Harris Teeter stores.

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