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The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will move its offices to 50 N. Main St. It will occupy the second floor of the building, above The Half Moon and Mr. D's Bakery. The organization will move in May 1. | Eric Vo / Record-Journal

Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce moving to Downtown Wallingford

WALLINGFORD — Come May 1, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will call 50 N. Main St. its new home.

The chamber’s offices are currently at 100 S. Turnpike Road — just down the street from the Oakdale Theatre. Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dee Prior Nesti said moving the organization to a more central location in town has been a priority for her since she took the position last year.

Tony Rescigno, president of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, said the organization will have the space for three years.

“We’re in the throes of making arrangements for moving,” Rescigno said. “We don’t want to lose a day.”

The chamber will move into the second floor of 50 N. Main St., above The Half Moon and Mr. D’s Bakery.

“We’ll be overlooking Simpson Court,” Prior said. “And 90 percent of the businesses in the area are members of the chamber.”

The new area will have a smaller amount of business space, Prior said, but the conference room is larger, which is what the organization wanted.

While the move will occur over a short period of time, Prior said the organization spent “a couple of months” looking for a new space, adding that the focus was on being in a centralized area.

“We weren’t pressed to move. It’s not like our lease was up or anything like that,” Rescigno added. “We found an ideal spot and it was priced right and we felt like we should jump. There was no sense of urgency, really.”

Rescigno acknowledged there were conversations as to whether the move should wait, since the chamber is preparing for its business expo, which will be held at the Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel on April 24.

“We wondered if it would hinder our ability to have an expo that we wanted,” he said. “It was determined it would not. We’re well on our way.”

The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce signed into a three-year lease at the new building. Rescigno said the organization looked into purchasing the building, but he determined “getting downtown was the priority.”

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