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Washington Mutual and Cardtronics sign ATM branding deal

Washington Mutual - or WaMu as it is known - and Cardtronics have entered into an agreement that will enable WaMu to brand 160 cash dispensing ATMs in select Walgreens locations in the US.

Through the relationship, all WaMu-branded ATMs in Walgreens stores will be free to WaMu customers for cash withdrawals, just like ATMs owned and operated by Washington Mutual. Initial roll-out is scheduled to be complete in the third quarter of 2006.

We are always looking for ways to make banking simpler and more convenient for people, and providing our customers with easy access to their money any time, anywhere is critical, said Nandita Bakhshi, executive vice president and manager of payments at Washington Mutual. By teaming up with Cardtronics and Walgreens, one of today’s leading retailers, we’ve created additional convenience for our customers by giving them access to an expanded network of ATM locations.