This was one of the highlights of an otherwise dreary section of downtown. It was demolished on 1 June 2016. Its gigantic Coca-Cola mural is one of the largest I’ve seen in South Georgia. The front of the structure is visible at right in the photo below.
Heard Grocery, along with others which have been dubbed commercial blight have been removed to make way for a new satellite campus for Darton College. People often want to blame communities for the loss of such places, but it’s a systemic problem. Mel Wright notes: It’s sad, but I grew up around Cordele and was born in 1959 and I don’t think that building has been used for any purpose for about 4 decades… I see it all over the state. The challenges are real. I will opine, however, that it’s sad that neighborhoods are ever allowed to fall into this condition in the first place. Not only is the mural now gone, but those marvelous fanlights are, as well.
Cordele Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places