ATLANTA – Coca-Cola celebrated its 130th birthday today 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 improve 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.
“While Atlanta has always been and will always be Coca-Cola’s home, the Centennial Olympic Park District is our neighborhood,” Kent told a crowd of approximately 200 guests. “For decades, we have continued to invest in improving the area around our headquarters to support the continued growth of tourism, business and residences right here in our backyard.”
He added, “I can’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than by giving back to this great city that means so much to us all.”
“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.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke of his recent visit to South Africa, and the impact the 5by20 initiative is having on women entrepreneurs and communities around the world, during remarks at Coca-Cola's 130th birthday celebrations on May 16, 2016.
Coca-Cola’s global operations have been based in downtown Atlanta since the beverage was created in Dr. John Pemberton’s home on Marietta Street in 1886 and carried to Jacobs’ Pharmacy to be served to the first consumers. After outgrowing a series of offices stretching from Edgewood Avenue to Decatur Street, the company in 1920 established its current headquarters site on North Avenue. More than 5,000 people currently work at the North Avenue campus, and 4,000 additional Coca-Cola employees are located throughout Georgia. Explore the “homes of Coca-Cola” in Atlanta.
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.