GLASTONBURY — Rockville Bank is invading New Haven  County.  And, according to bank officials, that’s a good thing.

In July, the 22-branch community bank announced plans to open a 2,000-square-foot,  full service retail banking branch at 2290 Whitney Avenue in Hamden by the end of 2013.  Last month, Rockville also announced that its application to open  a North Haven branch at 117 Washington Avenue had been green-lighted by the FDIC. That location — a two-story, 5,000-square-foot space, is expected to open  during the third quarter of 2013.

“New Haven County is a unique opportunity that fits very well with our community bank strategy and our goal to become the best option to serve the area’s community banking needs,” said Rockville Bank President William H.W. Crawford IV. “Both our North Haven and Hamden offices will have familiar faces working there who have close personal and professional ties to the area and have built a strong banking reputation among their customers and the community. That’s genuine community banking and that’s what Rockville Bank is bringing to Hamden and now North Haven.”