It’s no Houston, but Spartanburg, S.C., has suddenly emerged as a hot spot for bank deals.

In the past three weeks, two out-of-state banking companies have announced plans to expand in the fast-growing city of 51,000, and two in-state banks have said they would open branches there. The most recent deal was struck last Wednesday, when Synovus Financial Corp. of Columbus, Ga., said it would buy $206 million-asset Carolina Southern Bank for $61.4 million.

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