Nestle USA will pull its corporate headquarters out of Glendale and move it to Arlington County, Va., taking most of its 1,200 local jobs with it.

Nestle will begin to move into its new home base near Washington, D.C., later this year and expects to finish the relocation by the end of 2018, the company said in a statement last week. It has been headquartered in Glendale since 1990.

Nestle spokeswoman Edie Burge said of the 1,200 jobs in the Glendale office, 750 will be relocated to Virginia, 300 will move to Ohio, and the remaining 150 will be transferred to other Nestle facilities, including the Purina headquarters in St. Louis, where Nestle is consolidating its information technology services.

Paul Grimwood, Nestle’s chief executive, said the company considered a variety of options before choosing Arlington.

“Not only is it attractive to our current employees while offering a great talent pool for the future, but this location allows us to be closer to our business operations, our customers and other important stakeholders,” he said in a statement.

In addition to impacting jobs, the move will leave behind a chunk of space at 800 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, where, according to CoStar, Nestle leases 378,000 square feet.

City of Glendale officials said in a statement that Nestle did not inform them of its plans to leave in advance.

– Daina Beth Solomon

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