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|Washington Mutual Doubles ATM Locations In South Florida|
Customers have convenient, fee-free access to money in 154 Walgreens stores|
SEATTLE November 28, 2006- Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) has expanded its ATM network into Walgreens stores in scores of South Florida neighborhoods. The expansion doubles the number of locations where WaMu customers can make fee-free ATM withdrawals.
The move, part of an agreement with Cardtronics, Inc., adds 154 new places to access cash. By county, WaMu's expansion through Walgreens will add access to 75 ATMs in Broward; 74 in Miami-Dade; and, 5 in Monroe.
The bank has 135 retail banking stores in South Florida.
Customers may visit www.wamu.com to locate all WaMu ATMs including the new locations across South Florida.
“By teaming up with Cardtronics and Walgreens, we're able to rapidly expand our ATM footprint, strengthen our brand presence and deliver additional convenience for our customers by giving them more access to their money, “ said Gwynn Virostek, SVP and division executive for Retail Distribution at WaMu. “This expansion demonstrates how Washington Mutual is always looking for ways to make banking easier.”
“Over the course of the past two years, Cardtronics has been extremely focused on our branding initiatives,” said Jack Antonini, president and chief executive officer of Cardtronics. “We have worked extensively in advancing our leadership position within the financial services segment and our customers, like WaMu, play an important part in helping us attain that position.”
About Washington Mutual
Washington Mutual, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading consumer and small business banks. At September 30, 2006, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $348.88 billion. The company has a history dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate more than 2,600 consumer and small business banking stores throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at http://newsroom.wamu.com.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Cardtronics is the world's largest non-bank owner/operator of ATMs with more than 25,000 locations. We operate in every major US market and in all 50 states, as well as in over 1,300 locations throughout the UK and over 300 locations throughout Mexico. Major merchant-clients include A&P®, Albertsons®, Hess Corporation®, BP®, Chevron®, Costco®, CVS®/pharmacy, ExxonMobil®, Duane Reade®, Rite Aid®, Sunoco®, Target® and Walgreens®. Cardtronics also works closely with financial institutions across the U.S. to brand ATMs in these major merchants to provide convenient access for their customers and to preserve and expand their markets.