LEWISBURG, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Union County attraction that’s been a part of the community for decades is being demolished.

The property’s new owners made the decision to do away with the building due to its condition.

Demolition began at the former Country Cupboard Building in Lewisburg on Tuesday.

In January, the Baylor family announced it would be sold, so the Evangelical Community Hospital decided to purchase the property.

“It was really meant to just be a restaurant, and everything in the building is designed around a huge hub of kitchens and things like that. And we have no real intention of running a restaurant,” explained Kendra Aucker, president and CEO of the Evangelical Community Hospital.

The Country Cupboard has been an attraction in the community for 49 years, known for its restaurant and giftshop. Aucker says it was a tough decision to part with the building, but they felt it was best.

“For us, rather than let the building just sort of stay there and deteriorate we felt like it was ideal to tear it down,” said Aucker.

Aucker says the building’s utilities were connected to the neighboring businesses and needed to be disassembled.

Phase 1 of demolition begins on the inside, which will take about a month. Then phase 2 will be external.

“You’ll start to notice in the next couple of weeks, the demolition that you’ll start to see from the outside which will be completed in the next month, but the final completion will be by December,” said Aucker.

Aucker says plans for the future of the property are still being discussed.

“We’re working with our board executives. Senior executives are looking at what makes the most sense to do with the property but right now we really do not have any final plans to share,” explained Aucker.