A ST Helens pub has been saved from the bulldozers, after it was snapped up by a chain.
Bravo Inns Ltd has bought the Boars Head, in Elton Head Road, and aims to refurbish and relaunched it ready for the spring.
The pub closed last year and in May, owners Punch Taverns sought planning permission to demolish it and build a convenience store and a smaller shop.
The building is believed to be one of the oldest in St Helens, possibly stretching as far back as the 17th century.
The move sparked outrage amongst locals and The St Helens Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) expressed firm objections.
Ken Buckley, MD of Bravo Inns Ltd, which has 38 pubs in the North West, said: “I passionately care about community pubs and we take great pride in bringing them back to their former glory. We own 38 pubs and this will be the 19th one which we was closed that we will bring back to life.
“I have known the Boars Head for many years as I used to work for Greenalls and I remember it as a thriving pub. I have had my eye on it for a while and had been trying to buy it for a few months and I finally acquired it last week.
“We can finally bring it back to being a thriving part of the community.”