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Last updated on Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:44 am

Purchase From Paragould

Remember when the Whispers staff told you last summer that First National Bank of Paragould was planning to make a big splash in Northwest Arkansas? Consider the splash made. The bank’s holding company, First Paragould Bankshares Inc., closed Oct. 1 on the purchase of five empty bank branches belonging to Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Bank in Benton and Washington counties. Selling price? A combined $12.2 million. The fully furnished properties are in Bentonville (300 S.E. Walton Blvd.; 3,552 SF; $1.75 million), Rogers (3701 Pinnacle Hills Parkway; 22,854 SF; $4.69 million), Fayetteville (2691 E. Mission Blvd.; 4,447 SF; $2.41 million), Johnson (4000 Great House Springs Road; 3,329 SF; $1.87 million) and Springdale (1950 S. Pleasant St.; 3,502 SF; $1.48 million.) The bank was... [ MORE ]
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