#FlashbackFriday : 5 Fun Historic Facts about the Perry Office Plus Headquarters

On July 18, 2005, Perry Office Plus consolidated our Temple warehouses and business offices to start operating under one roof at the “old Coca-Cola building” on North 3rd Street.

The building has a unique history:

1. Coca-Cola was actually manufactured here.

Constructed in 1948 by the Temple Bottling Company, the building originally served as a Coca-Cola manufacturing, bottling, warehousing and distribution facility for the Central Texas area.Groups like Boy Scouts and schoolchildren were given tours regularly. We hear from local residents often about having done this as a kid, standing out front and watching the glass Coke bottles move down the line. This post card we have shows the old plant next to a picture of the building today.

Postcard image from the 70s and the building today.

Postcard image from the 70s and the building today.

2. The building had 7 safes.

Because of all the Coke vending machines that were being serviced from this building at the time, multiple safes were needed to store all the bags of coins. We still use the large walk-in safe for record storage — but we don’t have the combination to it!

Large Safe

3. Slanted concrete in front of the building had a very “sweet” purpose.

We’re told that, when Coke syrup trucks would pull up to the building on the incline, the syrup would run out faster!

Slanted Concrete

4. More warehouse space was added in the 1970s.

This space is now home to 45,000 square feet of office supplies inventory, and used to store and stage furniture deliveries. The architectural plans from this renovation were found in an upstairs storage space recently. We had them framed and hung in our company break room.

The blue architectural drawings hang in our break room along with this office plan and the descriptions of all the furniture that was to be used.

The blue architectural drawings hang in our break room along with this office plan and the descriptions of all the furniture that was to be used. “Secretarial type desk” isn’t something we hear very often anymore!

5.  Our supply closet used to be a freight elevator.

It’s stationary now, but it used to haul materials to and from the second floor, which is now used for storage. This is the view looking up from inside the closet.

Elevator  Supply Closet

In 2005 the building was purchased by Perry Office Plus owners Harry & Debbie Macey, who renovated the original offices and plant into our call center, furniture showroom and business offices. Bay doors were also added in the warehouse to accommodate our delivery fleet.

Learn more about Perry Office Plus on our “About Page”.

About Perry Office Plus
We're Central Texas' largest independent office products & furniture dealer and have been locally owned and operated since our establishment in 1920. Visit our website to shop for all your office supplies and call any of our fantastic Customer Service Reps if you have any questions or need help with your office products.

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