TESCO is closer to its goal of moving to a new store in Huddersfield.
The supermarket giant has bought property at Old Leeds Road as part of plans to create a site for a new store to replace its current premises at Viaduct Street.
Tesco has bought the former premises of Pennine Meat Products, which ceased trading earlier this year.
Piemaker Andrew Jones, of A R Jones, is renting the premises on a three-year lease and plans to move there from his site at Bethel Street, Brighouse.
However, Tesco's long-term aim is to level the pie factory as part of plans for a new store.
The Examiner reported more than two years ago that Tesco was in talks with Kirklees Council development chiefs about plans to build a replacement store - based on the site of Huddersfield Sports Centre at Southgate.
It was understood that Tesco would pay for a new sports centre to be built on another site as part of the deal.
The sports centre is owned by Kirklees Council, but leased and managed by Kirklees Active Leisure.
Terry Meehan, chief executive of Kirklees Active Leisure, said: "We are aware of the current speculation surrounding the land around the sports centre, but we are not party to more information than that."
The two-storey brick-built premises of Pennine Meat Products stand behind the sports centre.
Kirklees Music School had hoped to move to Old Leeds Road in 2003 after losing its headquarters at the Co-op building in New Street.
But Tesco's interest in property in that area was cited as the reason for those plans falling through. The music school moved to Salendine Nook High School instead.
Tesco and the council have both refused to comment on the speculation.
A spokeswoman for the council said officers would comment in the next few days.
No-one was available to speak at Tesco's property department.
Tesco is keen to move from the dated Viaduct Street store, which it acquired in 1987 with the £220m takeover of Cleckheaton-based supermarket company Hillards.
Mr Jones said moving to the Pennine Meat Products factory provided his business with more space and better bakery equipment.
"We moved to Brighouse four years ago, but it is not big enough now," he said.
"We would have had to look for somewhere else anyway, so this move is a step in the right direction."
A R Jones's butcher's shop in Marsh will continue to trade. A R Jones also supplies butchers, sandwich shops and farm shops throughout the Huddersfield and Halifax areas.