Citigroup Inc.'s Salomon Smith Barney will open investment centers in each of a tiny North Carolina bank's four branches.

The deal with $170 million-asset MountainBank of Hendersonville is Salomon's first of the kind in the state. It has similar arrangements with 40 banks in 20 other states, including Florida and Georgia in the Southeast, said Tom Robison, director of Salomon's investment center division.

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