Demolition on a landmark Chorley store is set to start next week.
The QS Fashions store on Pall Mall will be pulled down to make way for a new Asda superstore on Monday.
Plans for the 44,000sq ft store by the supermarket giant were first given the go-ahead back in December 2010, but no visible progress has been made on the site since then.
It is understood preparation work on the site will start on Monday, before full demolition begins on October 22.
This phase is set to last eight weeks.
Concerns had been raised in recent months by the council, police and fire service who said the large, derelict building had become a magnet for arsonists and vandals.
Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We want to see signs Asda are moving it forward because the site is in such a deteriorating situation.
“It is dragging the whole area down.
“Whether the demolition means they will get on with the store quicker, I don’t know.
“This is step one, to get QS Fashions down, which is a potential fire hazard that someone could get really badly hurt in.
“The sooner that happens, the better.”
The store is set to create up to 400 jobs and will include a petrol station and 440 space car park.
It is expected building on the store will start next year.
Coun Bradley said: “I think the whole area needs this to happen. The council has an ongoing dialogue with Asda and this is a statement of intent.”
Asda senior property communications manager, Philip Bartram, said “We have submitted an application to commence demolition work on the former QS Fashions and Kwik Save buildings in Chorley.
“Once our application is approved demolition work will commence.”