Ted Philman, owner of Ted's Glass Service in Moose Lake wasn't the only person watching the building directly south of Market Place Foods' parking lot being demolished June 21. There were a number of people sitting in their cars, keeping an eye on the project.
"I just swung in to watch," said Philman as the building was chomped, bite-by-bite with the crushing jaws of an excavator, operated by Mike Buetow of Buetow Trucking & Excavation LLC.
Philman recalled the building being around since the early 1960s, which made it something of an icon. No matter.
"It's time to move on," said Philman. "It's just an old piece of junk, now."
Moose Lake City Administrator Pat Oman concurred.
"Certainly it was a dilapidated building," said Oman. "It needed to be torn down."
Oman said the site was originally a vehicle dealership. In the recent past it had been a thrift store. Most recently, it was vacant. Now, it's an empty lot.
"The potential is for an expansion," said Oman, "either from the store or from another business."
The city is in discussions with Pace Development, representing Market Place Foods, owned by Johanneson's Inc., which is headquartered in Bemidji. No firm plans have been announced at this time.
"Certainly the goal for the city of Moose Lake is to support business," said Oman. "The idea of knocking that building down certainly sets up the next stage for a new project."