A new million pound-plus supermarket could be built in Wragby with the Lincolnshire Co-op planning a major investment in the town.
The Rasen Mail can reveal the Co-op has opened negotiations to secure a site close to the centre of Wragby.
The Co-op could also provide a solution to fears surrounding the future of Wragby Library.
The library faces the axe as part of controversial cuts by Lincolnshire County Council.
Campaigners fighting to keep the library open could be interested in utilising the Co-op’s existing store in Wragby Market Place.
Emma Snedden, spokesman for Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “We are in the very early stages of negotiating a scheme which could lead to us opening a new foodstore on a site near a new housing development in Wragby.
“Subject to securing that site, any permissions needed and any development progressing, we would relocate.”
The Co-op has offered a lifeline to other under-threat libraries and the spokesman confirmed they could provide a solution for Wragby.
She added: “We would be happy to talk to people in Wragby about how our current library at Waddington works, about our ideas for other sites and if there would be any way of helping them come up with a practical, workable and sustainable solution for their area.”
Barbara Bartlett, one of the leading figures in the campaign to keep the library open, welcomed the Co-op’s statement - and confirmation of a potential new store.
She said: “Wragby is growing in size. We need a bigger supermarket. We’re also fighting for our library. We won’t let it die.”
Lincolnshire County Councillor for the Ancholme Cliff ward Lewis Strange said he believes that all libraries can learn a lot from the way the Caistor facility is run alongside a coffee shop.
He said: “If we can get all our libraries to be modelled on the Caistor set up and have their business model we will not have a problem.
“If you put in a coffee shop a a pharmacy then you have something people need and it will flourish.
“I commend Co-op for coming forward to offer to do five and I commend the people of Caistor for the centre there.
“I hope in the end we will come to a compromise on the libraries. “