Coca-Cola Downsize In Birmingham, AL…

UNITED’S ATLANTA ACQUISITION

Birmingham’s Coca-Cola Bottling Company, UNITED, recently closed on its purchase of the metro Atlanta territory. The acquisition includes Athens, Dublin, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Macon and metro Atlanta.

The new territory increases the company’s size by 40 percent and 2,000 employees. For how this impacts the growing city, I turned to my friend Brent Godwin, real estate reporter at Birmingham Business Journal:

“The growth of UNITED makes what was already one of the largest private companies in Birmingham even larger. It’s another good sign for Birmingham, which has been undergoing the biggest revitalization and building boom in recent memory.”

Sarah Weston, SPR Atlanta