Demolition of Red’s Dairy Freeze with Video

Articles on yesterday’s demolition of the old Red’s Dairy Freeze building in South Portland appeared on the front page of the Press Herald,

Chris Bolling stood in the crowd outside Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland early Monday and watched the demolition of his popular ice cream stand.

“It was tough,” he said. “It’s a lot of memories, but it’s a new beginning and we will have a new building.”

and on The Forecaster website. Both newspapers also published video of the demolition.

It took 50 years for Red’s Dairy Freeze to build a fanatical following for its frozen soft-serve treats.

But it only took a matter of minutes on Monday for demolition crews to reduce the building at the corner of Cottage Road and Highland Avenue to a pile of rubble.

“It’s sad,” said Mercedes Vance, who lives a few houses up the street. “It has such a long history and tradition. I just look at all these kids out here sobbing and it makes me sad.”