Rhode Island-headquartered food wholesaler UNFI recently announced its plan to consolidate its five Pacific Northwest distribution centers into a new 1.2 million-square-foot facility in Centralia and an expanded facility in Ridgefield, Washington.

The Centralia facility will be built on 77 acres located at 4002 Galvin Road. The company’s Ridgefield distribution center will be expanded by 541,000 square feet, to a total of 800,000 square feet. Both facilities are expected to open in the second half of this year. Customer transition is scheduled to be completed by early 2020.

According to UNFI, the move will allow the company to enhance product offerings, improve inventory management, streamline operations, implement new technology, and reduce the need for outside storage and third-party logistics services.

The consolidation plans comes a few months after UNFI acquired grocery wholesaler SUPERVALU in October 2018. The combined companies have an expected yearly sales of more than $21 billion.

“These are two tremendous facilities that, once complete, will provide a great working environment for our associates, an improved and efficient layout for inventory management, optimized logistics route planning, and an ability to help us deliver on the long-term synergy goals we outlined as a part of the SUPERVALU acquisition,” said UNFI Chairman and CEO Steve Spinner.

UNFI’s current distribution centers in the region include a 944,000-square-foot facility in Tacoma, a 323,000-square-foot building in Auburn, two smaller buildings in Ridgefield, and a 923,000-square-foot warehouse in Portland. According to the company, the Tacoma, Auburn, and Portland operations will be shut down and moved to the new facilities.

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