Santander Bank opens in Wilton

WILTON – The Wilton National Bank building on Main Street has a new name: the former Sovereign Bank has been re-named Santander. The Sovereign branch has been closed since last spring.

Santander Group is a world-wide financial institution founded in 1857. It is one of the largest banks in Europe, the United Kingdom and Central and South America.

Santander acquired Sovereign Bank in 2009.

Except for the ATM in the lobby, the branch is not yet functioning and no plans have been announced.

The Wilton National Bank was founded in 1928 with temporary offices in Town Hall. The building on Main Street, with the name still prominent on the front, was opened for business in April 1929.

In the 1960s, the bank was acquired by Indian Head Banks, which merged with Fleet, which was acquired by Sovereign Bank.

– JESSIE SALISBURY