Plans for a Primark store in Truro are in doubt after news emerged of the possibility of the clothing giant agreeing a deal to move into a multi-million pound development near St Austell.
It had previously been understood that the retail giant was planning to move into a site on Lemon Quay.
The planning application for the £110 million Coyte Farm development will go before Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee this morning.
Consultants have previously found the out-of-town shopping centre could cost Truro £23 million a year in lost trade.
Sources close to the Coyte Farm development said a deal with Primark was imminent.
A planning application was submitted in October for the redevelopment of four shops on Lemon Quay into one superstore.
At the time the company behind the development refused to disclose the identity of the new occupant, but the West Briton was told by several well-placed sources that Primark was in the frame.
If approved the 90-acre Coyte Farm development would also incorporate a Next, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s supermarket on the site in St Mewan.
The application has divided St Austell with many traders fearing it will kill the town centre.
Hundreds of people, both for and against the development, are expected to gather outside County Hall in Truro in a final bid to sway councillors’ votes ahead of the crunch meeting.
The plans, jointly submitted by Mercian Developments, Metric Properties and Sainsbury’s, have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council’s planning officer.
Primark said due to company policy the chain was unable to comment on the claims of a deal.