Discount store Poundland has expressed an interest to move into a town centre – and appears to have started looking for staff.
The budget chain is advertising roles in Rainham, where it currently does not have a branch.
An advert has appeared on the job search website indeed.com for an assistant store manager for Poundland in Rainham.
However, the company would not confirm whether it intends to open a branch at Rainham Shopping Centre in a unit made vacant by Iceland which closed earlier this year.
A Poundland spokesman said: "I’m afraid we don’t have any definite news to share on the prospect of a Rainham store yet.
"We would love to open a store there but while we understand the speculation, we haven’t yet confirmed a location."
The company already has stores at Gillingham Retail Park, Strood Retail Park, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre and the Pentagon Centre, Chatham.
Rumours have been rife since Iceland left amid fears that its departure would leave a big hole in the town.
Earlier this year, Barclays bank moved out of the High Street, but the premises has been taken over by the owners of Rochester micropub, the Dead Pigeon.
The historic Green Lion pub, a landmark in the heart of Rainham has been empty for more than two years, but the owner is now actively seeking for it to be reopened as another hostelry.
A bakery has moved into the former Shoe Zone shop, also in the precinct, which has been empty since October last year.
Family-run Boyce's has already got 11 branches across the county having started after Keith and Karen Boyce moved to the Isle of Sheppey from London 25 years ago.