CCB Financial Corp., Durham, N.C., is taking a big step toward becoming a top player in the highly competitive Charlotte area.

The $3.4 billion-asset company is merging with Security Capital Bancorp, Salisbury, N.C. The deal, valued at $235 million, will give CCB Financial a 7.1% share of deposits in the Charlotte market. The company will become the fourth-largest bank in that part of North Carolina, behind the superregional powerhouses based there.

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