A tenacious new Baltimore community bank has begun its promised expansion plan - establishing branches in at least four supermarkets in the Baltimore area.

First Mariner Bancorp, which opened its doors with $25 million of assets in May, would likely be one of the smallest institutions to try supermarket branching. The plan reflects the expansionist zeal of the bank's founder and chairman, Edwin F. Hale Sr., a well-known banker in the area.

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