By adding 41 supermarket branches in the Washington area next year, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said it aims to scale up quickly and cheaply in a growth market — and send "a loud message" about its overall prospects.

The $146 billion-asset Pittsburgh company announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Giant Food LLC to open branches in supermarkets across the metro D.C. market, including Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. It also plans to add 180 automated teller machines at Giant stores.

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