Morrisons hopes to move into an old post office, which has been empty for nearly eight years.

The retailer has applied for an alcohol licence for an M Local convenience store at the former premises in Maldon High Street.

Wetherspoon ditched plans to open a pub at the site last July, following an alleged wrangle over windows.

The post office moved out in July 2006 and M&Co bought the building in 2007, but moved into the former Woolworths shop down the road.