People's Bank in Connecticut has embarked on an aggressive, $30 million expansion in hopes of capitalizing on customer unrest after Fleet Financial Group's planned merger with BankBoston Corp.

The thrift said it plans to open 30 branches in the state during the next two years, mostly in populous Hartford and New Haven counties. Though the 130-branch People's network already extends statewide, the thrift said there are holes it would like to fill.

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