Wells Fargo & Co. will hire 1,000 bankers in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in the next few months as it beefs up staffing at former Wachovia Corp. branches, the company said Monday.

The hires are part of a shift toward Wells’ standard cross-selling strategy, which involves comparatively high-staffing levels on the branch level. Wells has already hired 600 additional bankers in the region, and will be expanding its staff of private bankers, tellers, and store managers. The company hopes to complete its hiring by May.

The hiring push comes six months in advance of Wells’ conversion of Wachovia branches in the Mid-Atlantic region.

"It's critical that we are fully staffed with enthusiastic, skilled team members in our banking stores," said Pete Jones, Wells Fargo's regional president for the Mid-Atlantic region, in a press release.