RUMOURS of a housing development in Cardiff have surfaced after the closure of one of the suburb's major supermarkets last Sunday.
Bi-Lo Cardiff is owned by Coles (Wesfarmers).
The brand was established in 1979, acquired by Coles Myer in 1987, partly re-branded in 2006 , then acquired by Wesfarmers in 2008.
The Cardiff store's closure was announced about three weeks ago.
The word around town is a block of units will be built on the Kelton Street site.
A Lake Macquarie City Council spokesperson said the council had not received a development application, or had any pre-lodgement meetings for the site.
Cardiff Chamber of Commerce president Greg Foster said a lack of transparency in the lead-up to Bi-Lo's closure had led locals to panic.
He said the nearest Coles supermarkets, in Warners Bay and Glendale, were overcrowded and had limited parking, but Coles shoppers would have to make the trip.
"People have already told me they'll go the extra mile to shop at Coles, which means we'll lose vital business here," Mr Foster said.
Bi-Lo Cardiff management declined to comment to The Star about the rumours.