DEMOLITION of Chorley's old bus station and post office sorting office is set to start in the next couple of weeks.
Developers, Bamber Bridge based Maple Grove Limited, will be bulldozing the town centre properties to make way for a new store and pub.
But with legalities still to be tied up, building work is not due to start until August/September on the new Booths supermarket with JD Wetherspoon pub built next door.
Managing director of Maple Grove Jim Carter said: "We are not yet in a position to go full steam ahead with the development.
"We have a number of legal agreements to go through.
"But we have undertaken to demolish the old bus station and we are looking for a late summer start on site.
"In the meantime the site can be used as a temporary car park by the borough council.
"Once we get all the legal procedures completed it will be all systems go."
He added: "The actual building works will take around eight months then contractors will move in to fit out Booths so it could be 12 months in total before the new Booths store opens."
Head of regeneration at Chorley Council Jane Meek welcomed the development of the old bus station site, made possible by the opening the the town's new bus interchange last month and said the use of the site for a temporary car park should help traders in the town over the summer.
She said: "The car park will be rough and ready and it can only be used for a short period of time as a car park.
"It will be classed as an extension of the Flat Iron car park so people will have to pay for their ticket there.
"We are looking very positively wherever we can to extend car parking in Chorley town centre and make the car parks work more efficiently."
She added: "We welcome the investment of the new development into Chorley.
"It is all part and parcel of the vitality and viability of the town and the push to try and encourage people to come into the town centre and shop.
"It all adds to it."
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