A number of major retailers are believed to be sizing up a move for the former BHS site in St Helens town centre.
The Reporter understands Poundland and a budget fashion chain are interested in a move for the Church Square Shopping Centre unit.
If that were to happen it would see the old Woolworths shop, which currently houses Poundland, becoming empty.
Steve Brogan, manager at Church Square, would not be drawn on the speculation.
He said: “We are looking at a variety of options for the vacant BHS unit, to enhance the vitality and vibrancy of Church Square and the town.
“We will be pleased to make an announcement when we have firm proposals in place but do not comment on market rumours.”