Bosses at the Arndale Centre say they will ensure a ‘substantial tenant’ is found to plug the gap left by the departure of Marks and Spencer.
The 54-year-old Broadway store shut its doors for good last week, sparking fears that its absence could leave a significant void in the town.
Council bosses say they are working with the Arndale Centre and Marks and Spencer to ensure that the prime site is properly marketed to interested parties.
A spokesperson for the Arndale said: “From our side, we will ensure that a tenant of a substantial covenant will move into that unit.
“We do not want a unit of this size to remain empty and not trading.
“We have discussed this with our lawyers and are awaiting further direction.
“It is in the gift of Marks and Spencer to secure a tenant for their unit but we will try our best to ensure that there is a strong replacement.
“We, as their landlords, are personally very disappointed, both in their decision to close the store and in the local authority’s inability to convince them to stay.”
Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson insisted that there are positive developments ahead for the town centre, despite the blow over the loss of Marks.
He said: “We’ve had meetings with the Arndale and we’ve been informed that they have interested businesses and we will await the outcome of that.
“Work is progressing at the former bowling alley and Farm Foods and Domino’s will be going in there. Businesses are interested in Accrington.”
The site on Broadway is currently being marketed by Johnson Fellows Chartered Surveyors.
Tony Dobson, who is Conservative group leader and sits on the Accrington town centre team, said: “What I would like to see is a prime retailer like Next or River Island, or perhaps the council and the Arndale could get together and bring in some clothing retail franchises.”
A Marks and Spencer spokesperson said: “The decision to close our Accrington store was not one that we took lightly. We’re currently in the process of marketing the property and will share further information when we can.”
The retail giant opened a new Simply Food store in Rawtenstall the day after closing the Accrington store.