Coca-Cola recently celebrated its 130th birthday near the location where its flagship beverage was first served on May 8, 1886 by thanking its hometown with a $1.8 million grant to improv support improvements in and around downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park District. Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent announced the grant alongside Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at a celebration hosted at the intersection of Peachtree and Marietta streets.
Since it first opened in 1996, Centennial Olympic Park has become a major tourist hub for downtown Atlanta with more than 3 million people visiting the area each year. Pemberton Place, on the north side of the park, was developed by Coca-Cola using land purchased to house Coca-Cola’s Olympic City during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, in combination with land acquired by the company after the Games. In addition to building a new World of Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola donated the land for both the Georgia Aquarium and the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights to create a home for three of the city’s major tourist attractions.
“I truly believe from 1886 to today, wherever Coca-Cola goes, the city of Atlanta goes,” Mayor Reed said. “And therefore, Coca-Cola is the city of Atlanta’s gift to the world.”
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Jacobs’ Pharmacy Location Gets Georgia Historic Marker
Mayor Reed and Kent were joined by Georgia Historical Society President and CEO Todd Groce to dedicate a new historical marker at the “Five Points” intersection as part of the society’s Georgia Business History initiative. Groce proposed a Coca-Cola toast against a backdrop of a full-size replica of the original Jacobs’ Pharmacy on the wall of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of International Affairs – the pharmacy’s original location.
Kent concluded: “Thank you for welcoming Coca-Cola into your lives and loving