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Sturtevant, Wis., lands UNFI central distribution center

Sturtevant, Wis., lands UNFI central distribution center
Officials in a Wisconsin village have approved an incentive package for a UNFI distribution center.

Sturtevant, Wis., village officials on Dec. 10 approved an incentive package and development plans for a United Natural Foods Inc. facility.

The Journal Times reported the expected timeline for the 425,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse.

Following the development’s approval Monday, UNFI is set to break ground in July 2013, and to complete construction by July of the following year. The facility is expected to start operating by that time, and be fully operational two years later, in July of 2016.

A special tax increment district helped create a $6 million incentive toward the $32 million development, the newspaper reported.

Sturtevant beat out an unnamed Kenosha County municipality and another potential location in northern Indiana as the company searched for a central distribution location, said UNFI’s local legal representative, attorney John Bjelajac, of Racine.

The newspaper initially identified UNFI as the party involved in the previously anonymous development on Dec. 7. The article highlighted plans for the facility expected to house an estimated 244 employees and outlined the company's background.

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