The Co-op Bank has now confirmed plans to buy 632 UK branches of Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester.
With an estimated 4.8 million branch customers changing hands too, this represents a massive shake-up of British banking.
While a price has already been agreed and initial details of the switch decided, the sale still needs to get FSA approval. This does have the potential to stop the acquisition, but with the buy-out generally seen as favourable it's not expected to get anything other than a green light.
If you are a customer of Lloyds TSB or Cheltenham and Gloucester it's quite possible that you will be affected by the sale.
If the branch that you are registered with is sold, your accounts will be transferred to the Co-op.
While your account numbers and terms and conditions should remain the same in the short term, the bank that manages your money will change.
Read our guide: The Co-op - Lloyds TSB Branch Takeover to find out which branches are being sold and what it means for you and your finances.
15 more branches are to follow in the coming months; with 50 planned by the end of next year. While they're still only offering savings accounts, credit cards, travel money, loans and insurance they've confirmed the details of the current accounts they'll have available from October. These have been very much designed with M&S customers in mind, charging up to £20 a month in return for in-store perks and insurance.
Those on PAYG will get 10% extra on the first top up they make in September, while those on contract will get a 10% refund on their July subscription credited to their September bill. All customers will also get a £10 O2 voucher by way of compensation.
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