SAN FRANCISCO - Blocked from expanding in Washington State through acquisitions, U.S. Bancorp said on Tuesday it has launched a program to open new branches in the state.

The Portland, Ore.-based company said it plans to open nine de novo offices in metropolitan Tacoma by June 1993, bringing its total in the area to 12. In addition, it will open two offices in the Everett area north of Seattle before yearend.

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