Marianna Business

"Project Raven" was the code name used to keep confidential the name of a company set to open in Northwest Florida.

Thursday, Florida officials announced that a Family Dollar Distribution Center would locate in Marianna.

The retail giant is one of the fastest growing discount store chains in the United States.

It will be located on a 75-acre site in the Marianna Distribution Park.

The company expects to hire more than 400 employees.

Family Dollar provides consumers with low cost merchandise for the family and homes.

The head of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Art Kimbrough, says this is good news for the Wiregrass.

Kimbrough said the 905,000 square foot facility should be operational by early 2005.