First Fidelity Bancorp.'s appetite for acquiring banks and thrifts in the Northeast shows no signs of abating. But insiders and banking experts say that as the New Jersey company continues its expansionist march, regulators will be keeping a close watch to see that it doesn't end up with more than its fair share of the market.
Through more than a dozen acquisitions made over the last two years, the assets of First Fidelity have swelled to $32.2 billion from $29.1 billion. And the bank's top officers say they will continue to be opportunistic as the industry consolidates.