Retailer Poundland has refused to confirm rumours that it is to open two new units in Kettering.
Suggestions had gathered pace on social media that the bargain store chain was to move into the vacant 99p Store unit in the Newlands Shopping Centre, as well as a unit in Northfield Avenue.
Poundland bought the 99p Store chain last year and is to open a store in Wellingborough soon.
However, it will not be disclosing any information about possible plans at this stage.
A Poundland spokesman said: “Poundland is currently considering the acquisition of new stores to add to those already opened this year.
“The stringent acquisition process ensures the new stores are positioned in the right location and fit Poundland’s customer profile.
“Due to the popularity of Poundland’s product ranges, the organisation is keen not to raise anticipation for a new store before plans are finalised.
“Therefore, Poundland cannot disclose any more information at this stage.
“As soon as all details have been confirmed, Poundland will immediately release this information to the area in question.”