August 31, 2018

Edible Arrangements consulting unit plans Wallingford exit

A Wallingford-based computer consulting firm owned by Edible Arrangements is following its parent company to Atlanta.

Netsolace Inc., a subsidiary of Edible Arrangements sharing offices at 95 Barnes Road, notified the state Department of Labor on Tuesday it will close its Wallingford operations and relocate to Atlanta eliminating 20 jobs in Connecticut.

The move follows the recent announcement by Edible Arrangements that it's moving its corporate headquarters from Wallingford to Atlanta, which will lead to an additional 125 job losses for the town. (The company originally said it would be ceding 110 jobs in Wallingford, but its state labor filing was amended to 125 job losses.)

Like Edible, a purveyor of fresh-cut fruit arrangements, snacks and treats, Netsolace plans to complete its transition by year-end, the filings says. All employees have been notified about the relocation, it said.

Netsolace provides franchisors software, communications and data management services, according to its LinkedIn page.

Netsolace officials could not be reached Friday for immediate comment.

Meantime, Edible said it will eliminate 125 local jobs while maintaining a Wallingford office with about 20 employees, according to a labor filing. The company has said it is unsure how many Wallingford employees will be relocated to Atlanta.

Edible's relocation has been in the works for months as the company began growing its Atlanta presence in March, opening offices there with 50 employees.

Its transition continued in July when Edible named former Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo as its new chief executive, succeeding founder and longtime CEO Tariq Farid.

Edible has cited a more centralized location and access to major transportation hubs as reasons for significantly reducing its footprint in Wallingford.

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