Popular takeaway Subway has refused to confirm that it is to open an outlet in one of two new retail units planned for a former pub site in Grantham.
The sandwich chain is named as a potential tenant in a planning application for the units that would be adjacent to the KFC restaurant on the corner of Harlaxton Road and Springfield Road.
We have agreed terms with the occupier.James Moore, Grantham Estates
The application has been drawn up by Grantham Estates and submitted to South Kesteven District Council.
If approved by councillors the units could be built early next year.
But a spokesperson for Subway described the suggestion that it might open an outlet in one of the units as a “rumour”.
The spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on rumoured store openings.
“We will keep you updated with any relevant progression.”
James Moore, estates manager for Grantham Estates, said he was confident that Subway would be one of the tenants.
He said: “We have agreed terms with the occupier.
“We are “at legals” now - waiting for the contracts to be signed.”
Mr Moore said an operator for the second unit had not been lined up. It is hoped the second unit will become a coffee shop.
Details of the cost of the proposed development have not been revealed.
It is hoped that once the units are open, the outlets will create up to 20 jobs.
A retail assessment, drawn up by Mike Sibthorp Planning, of Grantham, and that accompanies the planning application, states: “The intended tenants (Subway and another operator to be confirmed) are well represented in the local area.
“The demands for additional trading outlets arise from a desire to reach new customers.
“The future tenants have identified the application site as an opportunity to achieve this without poaching trade from their existing town centre stores.”
“The proposed units would complement the adjoining KFC restaurant/takeaway use.
“Indeed, the fact that co-location with an established operator can be achieved, is fundamental to the proposals”
The KFC outlet was built last year on the site of the Sir Isaac Newton pub, which was demolished three years ago.
The proposed two retail units will be housed in a single building on the grassed area set alongside KFC.
Each of the units will have a floor space of about 111.5 square metres and will have fully glazed frontage.
They will face the existing 30-space car park, which they will share with KFC.
The footpath link through to Springfield Road is maintained
A further six cycle spaces will be added to the current 20 spaces.