Plans by popular Derby bakery Birds to open a new store in Chellaston might be about to move a step nearer.
Last month, the firm, which has its main bakery in Ascot Drive and has stores across the region, revealed that it was in talks to secure premises in the Derby suburb.
At the time, the Derby Telegraph reported that the new bakery could be located near the Co-op store, on the corner of Swarkestone Road and High Street.
Now, a planning application has been submitted to Derby City Council by the Co-op for a sub-let unit, which would be created by taking up a section of its existing store.
These plans show which section of the Co-op store would be used to create the new unit
However, the planning application, submitted by Central England Co-operative, does not identify which business would occupy the new unit if approval is given.
The unit would have a floor space of 965 sq ft, reducing the footprint of the Co-op store to 2,820 sq ft. It would have its own entrance and, as a result of the work, a cash machine would be relocated.
Beyond that, the application gives little away in terms of what the unit would be used for.
Central England Co-operative has said at this stage it could not confirm what type of business might move into the proposed unit if approval is given.
Last month Birds opened its 60th store in Sinfin
However, some Chellaston residents have speculated on social media that it might be a Birds.
Last month, the bakery chain opened its 60th store at Sinfin District Centre.
At the official opening of that store, Mike Holling, head of retail at Birds, said the company was eyeing premises at Chellaston.
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He told the Derby Telegraph: “At this moment, we are in negotiations with a landlord to get a site secured in Chellaston – but nothing is signed as of yet.
“The location is a secret because it is yet to be secured but I’m fairly confident we’ll get it soon. Without giving too much away, it might be near the Co-operative, in Chellaston.”
Source: Derby Telegraph