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COLUMBIA BANK BRANCHES OUT TO LAKEWOOD; OPENING DAY SET FOR TUESDAY, NOV. 16

 TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Banking System Inc. (NASDAQ: COLB) announced today the opening of the third Tacoma/Pierce County branch office of Columbia Bank scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Lakewood, a suburb of Tacoma.
 The branch will open Tuesday at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin at 10 a.m. hosted by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Customers are invited to join the ceremony on Nov. 16 and to stop by the bank any time before Thanksgiving to enjoy refreshments and to enter drawings for holiday shopping sprees at the Lakewood Mall.
 Located at the Lakewood Mall at 10111 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Suite 8, Columbia Bank will occupy the former space of Austin Jewelers between Villa Fine Foods and Olympic Sports.
 The branch will be managed by Senior Vice President Kurt Graff, a banker with 20 years bank and lending experience. Kelly Lyons, who has a 13-year background in banking, will be the assistant manager. The branch will employ seven people.
 The Lakewood Branch marks the opening of Columbia Bank's third Tacoma-area branch office since the Main Office opened on Aug. 17 at 11th and Broadway. The Fircrest branch has been open for business since Sept. 20 at 2401 Mildred St. W.
 "The Lakewood community has been waiting for Columbia Bank to open its doors in that area," said W.W. Philip, president. "We're anxious to meet the banking needs of Lakewood residents with our personalized service and 'customer first' focus."
 Columbia Bank will meet the demand for its old-fashioned banking style in Lakewood with a broad array of products and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and businesses. The location at Lakewood Mall will also offer a night depository, an ATM machine and plenty of free parking.
 Banking hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Kopay, marketing officer of Columbia Banking System, 206-305-1965/
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