Not Very Nationwide

Graham tells me:

“Have just had a letter from Nationwide saying that they are shutting their branches in Blackheath, Greenwich, Catford, Lewisham, Peckham, Walworth & Woolwich with effect from 27 May.”

James noticed the same thing. Well, guys – consider yourself lucky. I clearly have so little money in my Nationwide account that I’m not even considered worth a letter. Not, of course that I didn’t already know about it – Darryl over at 853 talked about it last week - one look at the map on his post shows a giant hole in coverage in the inner parts of South East London – leaving the open branches in the leafier (and cheaper high-streeted) suburbs. The nearest branch for Nationwide (and former Portman) members will be Eltham, making it just that bit harder to stay with a Mutual – you can go with Yorkshire or Britannia but their branches are even further away.

You’d have thought they would have at least kept one open in the middle of the ‘hole’ – getting to Eltham’s doable but a real pain if you’re not driving. Who wants to set aside a morning just so they can add a postal order to their nest egg? Ah, for the days of the Woolwich, eh…

2 Comments to “Not Very Nationwide”

  1. darryl says:

    The nearest mutual will be the Chelsea Building Society in Lewisham, opposite the police station. (It’s now owned by the Yorkshire Building Society.)

  2. Damo says:

    Yep, I received one as well. I couldn’t believe that they were going to close ALL branches – it’s like SE London doesn’t fit their desired demographic, so they’re trying to block it out. Perhaps they have too many walk-in customers?

    I, for one, will write to the CEO; I always bank online, but still had to walk in to discuss our mortgage, for example.