Chase, the US consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co, has said that it will open new full-service bank branches in 22 Albertsons stores in Southern and Central California this year.

The first branches are now open in Kern, San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties as Chase plans to expand to more than 800 branches in the state by the year end.

Chase plans to hire about 200 employees to provide personal banking, loans and financial advice to customers of the 22 new branches in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

Pablo Sanchez, region executive of Chase, said: “These new locations reaffirm our commitment to make Chase even more convenient for our customers, especially when they can get their shopping and banking done in one stop. It’s exciting to partner with Albertsons, which have earned the business of so many consumers.”