Brenham Coca-Cola Plant To Shut Down

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

The Coca-Cola Distribution Center in Brenham, that has been around for decades, will shut down.

All of the center's employees found out about the closure today.

"Just having that name brand of Coca-Cola in Brenham, that always plays well to the image here in Brenham. We'll be losing that which is unfortunate," said Clint Kolby with the Brenham Economic Development Foundation.

In the next couple of months, the long lived landmark will shut its doors.

A spokesperson from the company says 18 of the 33 employees are encouraged to apply at other locations. The rest will be transferred to other local offices in cities like Bryan, El Campo and Austin. The company tells us they are closing down the distribution center to increase efficiency and continue with advancements at their other locations.

In a statement released by the company, it says "We will be consolidating our inventory and begin delivering product from several other surrounding facilities. This change will result in faster delivery of product to our customers."

While this might be a plus for Coca-Cola, it's a negative on the city of Brenham's tax roll since the city gets thousands of dollars in property tax from the facility a year.

But it might not be so bad financially according to Clint Kolby with the Brenham Economic Development Foundation.

"That location is in a prime commercial real estate spot. That does give it the opportunity to be filled in a short amount of time I would assume," said Kolby.

Once the location is vacated, Kolby says that they will try to fill that spot quickly.

He says several businesses have shown interest in moving to the city and making a new landmark in Brenham.

The center is scheduled to shut down March 18th.

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