SunTrust Bank Central Florida has signed a contract to handle merchant processing for Discount Auto Parts, which has more than 530 stores in six southeastern states.

The unit of SunTrust Banks Inc. will process credit and debit card transactions and will continue to provide cash management and deposit services to the chain.

"Acquiring this account strengthens our total relationship with Discount Auto Parts and provides name recognition to help expand our portfolio holdings," said Sally Cardetti, first vice president and manager of merchant services for SunTrust Bank Florida.

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