First National Bank of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Hermitage-based FNB Corp., is buying Mellon Bank Corp.'s three branches in and around New Castle, Pa. The price was not disclosed.

The deal, which would leave the Pittsburgh banking company without branches in Lawrence County, includes $61 million of deposits. Mellon would retain the loans it has generated at the branches, which include a supermarket branch.

First National's customers "will benefit from the added branch locations, as well as the convenience of a seven-days-a-week, in-store bank," said Stephen J. Gurgovits, president and chief executive officer of the $1.2 billion-asset bank. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

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