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Food distribution hub to create 300 jobs

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PRESCOTT, Wis. -- United Natural Foods Inc. will build a $37.8 million distribution center in Prescott -- a project expected to create up to 314 jobs over three years, according to an announcement this week by Gov. Scott Walker.

The 300,000-square-foot facility will be the company’s second distribution center in Wisconsin. UNFI, the leading distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods in North America, will open a 425,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse this spring in Racine County.

Construction on the Prescott facility is expected to begin in May and will take about a year to complete. The city was selected after the company conducted a multistate search.

The company is eligible for up to $3.5 million in state tax credits over a four-year period. In addition, Prescott developed a $6 million incentive package that includes the land for the project, site preparation and infrastructure improvements. Xcel Energy also is helping with power access.

United Natural Foods carries and distributes more than 65,000 products to more than 31,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada.