Pets at Home and Poundland are being lined up for a new mini-retail park in Bath.
The pet supplies chain wants to move into one of three units being created in part of the city's old Herman Miller factory.
Price discounter Poundland would take another of the stores, but would keep its shop in Westgate Street.
The third retailer is not yet known, but there would also be a separate Costa Coffee cafe on the site in Lower Bristol Road.
Council officials are about to sign off general planning approval for the stores, which would be next to the Lidl supermarket, and in total create nearly 50 jobs.
Earlier this month, Pets at Home, which has more than 400 stores, put in a specific application to fit out Unit 3 at what will be known as Metro Retail Park.
The firm - whose nearest stores are at Brislington, Chippenham and Trowbridge - says it will be employing 12 people in the 9,000 sq ft unit.
Documents submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council suggest that the Bath store would incorporate an in-house veterinary practice and one of Pets at Home's Groom Room salons.
A Pets at Home spokesman said: "We already have stores in Brislington and Trowbridge offering our unique range and customer service and have been looking to open a store in Bath for some time. We hope to bring the Pets at Home experience to the city in the near future."