Council bosses in North Lincolnshire have revealed that the former BHS store in Scunthorpe is the "preferred option" to become the new home for the town's market.
The building in the Parishes has been vacant since the collapse of the BHS chain two years ago.
Traders have been lobbying for a new indoor home after they gathered 20,000 signatures on a petition opposing initial plans to move the market outside.
North Lincolnshire Council claims the existing market hall is in need of a multi-million pound revamp.
If stall holders agree to the move, the council says they can continue trading until the former BHS building is refurbished and ready to move into.