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Historic Ga. Coke Plant Now A Wendy's

Updated: 1 year ago.
Etched in stone is what will be a constant reminder of what the new Wendy’s replaced, a portion of the old Coca-Cola bottling plant that was framed in steel and carefully moved near Camillia Boulevard. Fort Valley’s mayor, John Stumbo and his wife, Helen Rhea, did it at their own expense. “Our public works guys couldn’t do it because it was on private property,’’ said Stumbo. “We did it because we thought it could combine the value of preservation with the new building. It was absolutely worth it.” (Photo: Beau Cabell for The Telegraph)

A sandy-colored, embossed Coca-Cola sign is mounted in front of a new Wendy’s that opened recently.

It’s one way owner Danny Strickland said he has paid homage to the old Coke bottling building he demolished for his new business. Thousands of customers crowded Fort Valley’s first Wendy’s last week, including a couple who pushed against its location.

“I’m glad they kept the sign, but the building had to go,” said Florence Amica, a customer. “You can’t keep everything.”

In August, City Council voted to allow Strickland, owner of two other Middle Georgia Wendy’s, to demolish an old Coke building. The decision went against the Historic Preservation Commission and a group of residents.

Read more from The Telegraph at Macon.com

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