A new supermarket will create 40 jobs.
Lidl held a public consultation on Monday about its plans for a store on a derelict industrial site off Station Road, Maldon.
It is due to submit a planning application to Maldon District Council next week.
Acquisitions manager Christian Barber said the company had considered moving to town for a long time after scrutinising the shopping habits of locals.
“Maldon has a suitable core population for Lidl,” he said.
“We want to work as close to the centre of town as we can and this site is the best for us.”
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