More than 20 residents turned out for a meeting to dicuss the future of the former Caistor Co-op site - a Grade II listed building that is now derelict.
Concerns have been growing over the vacant building being detrimental to the town - and residents at the meeting, in the town hall on October 14, were encouraged to see a team has been appointed to carry out an options appraisal study.
Heritage Lincolnshire is a charity with experience in bringing historic buildings at risk back into use - and Caistor Town Council has provided funding for a programme of community consultation on its emerging plans.
The current owners, Lincolnshire Co-op, have been actively marketing the property since the closure of their store, but have not yet been successful in finding a suitable buyer.
The Co-op has now appointed architects to work in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire, to identify the total cost of a project to bring it back into use - and to identify potential funding.
People attending the workshop discussed the potential future uses of the building and came up with a range of uses from commercial office space, to residential flats, to a museum, artist’s studios and retail outlets.
Heritage Lincolnshire chief executive officer Liz Bates said: “It was fantastic to see so many people from Caistor giving up their afternoon to contribute to the project at this early stage.
“It is really important that, whatever new use is decided upon, it is one that meets a local need and is sustainable in the longer term.
“We are very grateful for the positive and proactive approach local people are taking to save this nationally significant historic building.”