According to Monett Building Inspector Wade Ennes, the Barton's building was located on property owned by the railroad. Tapjac Company Inc. retained the lease though the Barton's lumber and hardware business, purchased from Tapjac in 2000, was sold in 2010 to Meeks Lumber.
Tapjac had unsuccessfully attempted to lease the building to another party. The railroad, Ennes reported, asked to have the land returned to its original condition prior to the lease, prompting the demolition.
The demolition permit was issued to Tapjac in Carthage, acting as agents for Bill Putnam, the principal Tapjac owner who had signed the lease with the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad