James Baar: Good news — R.I. can attract businesses

Yes, Virginia, there is real economic hope for Rhode Island, after all. Businesses and the jobs they generate can indeed blossom among the thorns.

A prime example: United Natural Foods Inc.

UNFI, the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products, established its corporate headquarters in Providence in 2009. UNFI annual 2013 net sales: $6 billion. Net income: $107.8 million. Headquarters employment: 400 and rising.

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