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Kenosha-based Festival Foods is moving into the former Sentry and expanding the space.

Representatives submitted site plans to the Village of Mount Pleasant Friday that include moving into the vacant space that anchors the strip center, 5500 Washington Avenue, opposite the Kohl’s department store.

The space measures about 57,000 square feet and will be expanded another 13,000 feet for a total of 71,000 square feet. Six thousand square feet is planned for where Nutritional Designs Pharmacy and the drive thru operated, and the balance – 7,000 square feet – is slated for the back, or north side of the building.

According to their website, Festival Foods was founded as Skogen IGA in 1946 in Onalaska, WI, by Paul and Jane Skogen. The first official Festival Foods opened in 1990, also in Onalaska and now there are 18 stores employing 5,000 people.

Village officials confirmed that Festival Foods representatives will appear before the Planning Commission Wednesday.

The store is tentatively scheduled to open later this fall and could employ between 40 and 70 people.

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