These new-branch specials seem common at Wachovia. In March I reported on one in California. So if you see a new Wachovia branch in your area, you might want to check if they have a similar promotion.
Other Wachovia Deals
I haven't seen any new online Wachovia checking account bonuses lately. They've often had online checking account bonuses for $50. Let me know if you see a new one. Wachovia still does have a $25 refer-a-friend bonus for opening a checking account. They have a decent deal with their new Way2Save Program. By setting up automatic monthly transfers, you can make about $72 more over the next year than what you would earn in a 3% savings account.
Wachovia's free checking account has the basic components of free checking: no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees, etc. A reader in the previous post mentioned that Wachovia does a hard credit pull (both Experian and TransUnion have been mentioned). Unless you can get the "at work" checking account, checks are typically not free, but they are optional. Prices vary by state. A reader just mentioned that Wachovia offered 50 duplicate checks for $8. There is a $25 fee if the account is closed before 6 months. In addition to the hard pull, Wachovia also does a ChexSystem verification.
Thanks to the reader who mentioned this promotion in the finding-the-best-deals post.