GAHANNA, Ohio – Fast-growing KEMBA Financial CU said it plans to add as many as five new branches in the next few years, as it grows to meet an expanded field of membership.

The first of the new branches is scheduled to open in Powell in October. The $815 million credit union currently operates eight branches in central Ohio, near Columbus.

KEMBA Financial, originally founded in a Kroger supermarket bakery as Kroger Employee Mutual Benefits Association, was recently approved by state regulators to expand its community charter from Ohio’s Franklin, Delaware, Logan and Madison counties to include Licking,  Fairfield and Union counties, as well as all Kroger employees.

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