ASHLAND - As new developments are moving along in Ashland, two 130 year old buildings are coming down.
Demolition started Monday to make way for the Chequamegon Food Co-Op's new parking lot.
Some locals are not happy about the Main Street buildings being destroyed.
The Co-Op's general manager says it's his job to make sure the business is successful, not to protect old buildings.
"We've got winter coming on and we've got a store opening at the end of September, and if you wait and go through three or four months of debate, then it's the middle of winter and you don't have a parking lot, and the likelihood success of the store is diminished," explained the Co-Op’s general manager, Harold Vanselow.
Potential investors inquiring about the old brick building are putting demolition on hold.
The parking lot is scheduled to be ready for the store's grand opening mid-October.