A long time Houston County business is going away

A long time Houston County business is going away
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Ansel Bradshaw, Crockett Coca-Cola's Director of Sales and Marketing, confirmed Monday morning that the business is being bought out by Coca-Cola Refreshments.

"I cannot get into details about the buyout, but it will be good for everyone," Bradshaw said.

Crockett Coca-Cola has six full-time employees and two part-time employees and is run by numerous members of the Edminston family.

The Edminston family has owned the business for four generations.

"I started in the business in 1937, and Howard came in about 1967, and then Parker came in after that," said second generation business operator S.A. Edminston.

"A lot of times all three of us are here, so that's pretty special," said third generation business operator Howard Edminston.

Fourth generation Parker Edminston runs the day-to-day operations, but grandfather, S.A. Edminston has his rightful place.

"It's something to do. I can't play golf all day every day," S.A. Edminston said.

Before S.A., there was Charles Edminston, who founded the business in 1905.

In 2013, The Edminston family told KTRE only about 70 privately owned Coca-Cola centers still exist.

Bradshaw said that Coca-Cola Refreshments will continue to support the community the way the Edminston family has.

"They will continue sponsorships that the Edminstons have already started," Bradshaw said. "CCR understands the history of the Edminston's and what they have done for Crockett."

The family-owned business supports numerous booster clubs, the PineyWoods Fine Arts Association and the annual 4th of July Fireworks show.

Bradshaw said the facility's last day of service to the vending area will be Oct.24. CCR will start the next day.

"No one should see a change in service," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said representatives from the Coca-Cola offices in Houston will be in Crockett tomorrow to meet with the Edminstons.

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