Signs of change: Wachovia building sign to be removed Saturday

One of the most visible signs of change in banking will take place this Saturday at Atlantic Station.

The block letters Wachovia Corp. had installed at the top of their office building at 171 17th Street -- highly visible to commuters that use the downtown connector where Interstates 75 and 85 meet --  will be removed Saturday.

A large construction helicopter will start removing the sign from the 22-story building at 6:30 a.m., the bank said.

The sign will be replaced in October by the red and gold signature of Wells Fargo & Co. The new sign, said bank spokesman Jay Lawrence, will be the largest on any Wells Fargo building in the country.

"This is the most visible sign yet of the change from Wachovia to Wells Fargo [in Atlanta]," he said.

Wachovia was bought by Wells Fargo in 2009. Lawrence said plans call for the San Francisco-based bank to install its sign Oct. 16-17.  An official lighting ceremony will take place the evening of Oct. 26.

He said the tall new sign will use energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Customers at Wachovia bank branches in Atlanta will see new Wells Fargo signs unveiled the weekend of Oct. 23, Lawrence said.

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