Crestar Bank, a subsidiary of SunTrust Banks Inc., announced Monday that it will put up to 75 branches in Safeway Inc. stores in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas.

The first of the branches will open early next year, with about 45 expected to be in place by late 2001. Crestar will install its automated teller machines in all area Safeway stores by early 2002, according to a Crestar statement.

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