In striking a deal to acquire one-third of Fleet Financial Group's branches in Maine, Bangor Savings Bank is positioning itself to be a dominant player throughout the central and northern parts of the state.

The $898 million-asset thrift last month announced plans to purchase 31 branches from $85 billion-asset Fleet for an undisclosed price. The deal would bring Bangor Savings $292 million of deposits and $186 million of loans and would boost its assets to about $1.2 billion.

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