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United Natural Foods Inc. Expands In Providence, Rhode Island

02/16/2017
United Natural Foods Inc., a leading natural, organic and specialty foods and nonfood distributor, intends to significantly expand its footprint in Providence, Rhode Island. The company plans to hire 100 new full-time employees by the end of 2018 and a total of 150 new full-time employees by 2020.

"We've long been proud that UNFI calls Rhode Island home, and today we're pleased that it's decided to grow here," says R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "The business climate we've worked to foster over the past couple of years is one that's mutually beneficial for businesses and our residents, and we're careful to ensure that the opportunities we create pay off in both the short and long terms."

According to state officials, UNFI is working toward a long-term lease at a Providence metro-area site and anticipates investments in the property to accommodate the new employees. UNFI intends to apply for tax credits under the Qualified Jobs Incentive Act program.

"UNFI is an outstanding social enterprise, and we're proud that the company has such an important and growing presence in Rhode Island," said Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce. "UNFI is a terrific addition to the list of existing Rhode Island companies that, with support from our economic incentives, are expanding right here in our state."

"We look forward to expanding our presence in Rhode Island with the opening of our shared services center, which will enable us to drive greater efficiencies and improve the customer experience as we further simplify and standardize our supplier and customer interactions," said Steven L. Spinner, UNFI President, CEO & Chairman of the Board. "At UNFI, our people are our most valued asset, and we are committed to working with our associates to ensure a smooth transition as we position UNFI for continued growth."

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