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Take a look back in history: 85 years of Green’s Beverages in Columbia, SC

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Green’s Assembly St. store has aged well — it looks almost the same as it did in 1984. | Photo provided by Green’s

As a true Soda Citizen, you’ve had a cocktail or two made with something from Green’s Beverages. But did you know they have a long history as a family-owned company? Their headquarters has been based in Cola since 1990, and is family-owned and managed to this day. Here’s the story of how Green’s Beverages has evolved over the years.

1937: Leonard Greenbaum opens Green’s Package store in Midtown Atlanta.

1960: Leonard’s son Jerry joins the family biz + opens a second Atlanta location.

The first Green’s Package Store opened in Atlanta in 1937 — when the average beer keg cost $3.55 (now, kegs start at $35 and can go for $100+). | Photo provided by Green’s

1977: While on vacation at Myrtle Beach, Jerry realizes that it’s the perfect place for another Green’s — and he gets to work.

1983: Jerry brings Green’s to Greenville (hey, GVLtoday) and builds a large, brightly lit space that becomes the template for future locations.

1984: Jerry builds a space next to California Dreaming (which also happens to be his business) for Green’s Cola debut. To his surprise, the duo becomes a huge success.

2003: Green’s Beverage Warehouse opens near Harbison Blvd.

2020: Green’s opens their 18,500-sqft store on Garners Ferry Rd., which carries (almost) every alcoholic beverage out there. Green’s calls it an “adult candy store” — we’ll drink to that. 🍹*

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