A Cleveland thrift, hoping to attract customers turned off by big bank mergers, is expanding beyond northeast Ohio for the first time in 60 years.

Third Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cleveland said it plans to open four offices each in Columbus and Cincinnati in January. They would start out as loan offices but would be expanded into full-service branches within a year. The company said it expects to have 30 to 40 employees in each city.

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