LANDOVER, Md. -- Giant Food said it would open a new perishables distribution center in Jessup, Md., by the fall of 2003. The chain's current perishables depot, which opened in 1957 and is adjacent to the company's headquarters here, is "not efficient whatsoever," Giant spokesman Barry Scher told SN. The new facility, which will occupy a 72-acre site, is located three miles from the company's dry grocery and frozen-foods DC in Jessup and about a 40-minute drive from the chain headquarters, which will remain here. Giant will work with the Prince George's County government to market the existing perishables warehouse facilities, according to Scher.