A planning application for a second Wetherspoon’s pub in Corby has been lodged with the borough council.
If approved, the new venue would create 15 full-time and 25 part-time jobs.
The company plans to transform part of Westgate House, in Elizabeth Street, which used to be a Co-op department store.
In recent years part of the building has been used by the British Heart Foundation to sell unwanted furniture and household goods.
A report to the council says the building requires extensive work due to years of neglect.
A report by agents for JD Wetherspoon said: “We believe the proposals for a new restaurant/public house will help promote vitality back to the town and improve the local economy, providing up to 40 jobs to the local population, as well as retaining shoppers in the town centre.”