Magazine article American Banker

Seven Tennessee Institutions Eyeing ATM Network, Point-of-Sale System

Magazine article American Banker

Seven Tennessee Institutions Eyeing ATM Network, Point-of-Sale System

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MEMPHIS -- Seven Tennessee financial institutions will study the development of a shared automated teller machine network and a point-of-sale system that would allow shoppers to use ATM cards to make purchases at participating stores.

announcement of the feasibility study came as another Tennessee banking company said it is setting up its own statewide ATM network.

First Tennessee Bank, Union Planters National Bank, Leader Federal Savings and Loan, and National Bank of Commerce, all of Memphis, are joining Commerce Union Bank, Nashville CityBank, and Third National Bank, all of Nashville, in paying for the study, expected to be completed in 10 to 12 weeks. Speer and Associates of Atlanta, which has been a consultant to similar systems in Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, is performing the study.

The network the group is considering could be open to all federally insured depository institutions based in Tennessee.

First American Corp. of Nashville is planning to go ahead with its own network, the Money Place, to be joined by banks, thrifts, and credit unions in east and middle Tennessee, according to Jerry Nix, assistant vice president and manager of the electronic services department.

Mr. Nix said First American, which has branches throughout Tennessee, does not see its network as competing with any formed by the other seven institutions. Barbara Brake, director of public relations at First American, added that the seven, or any other institution, may join First American's system, which is scheduled to begin operations in July. …

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