Proposals have been submitted to Blackpool Council seeking permission to use a former fashion store as a cafe or restaurant.
The unit, part of the Houndshill Centre on Victoria Street, has been empty since Republic Clothing moved out in February last year.
Developers believe widening the potential uses of the premises will create more chance of attracting a new tenant.
A letter accompanying the submission says: “The application is submitted to assist in enabling a vacant unit to be reoccupied so that it can contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre.”
It adds: “The proposal will deliver a restaurant use that will contribute to the vitality and viability of Blackpool town centre.
“It will enable a vacant unit to be reoccupied and provide a facility that attracts consumers to the shopping centre.”
The applicant says the plans fit in with the council’s policies for the management of developments in the town centre.
The proposals will now go before Blackpool Council planners for a decision on whether the scheme will be allowed to go ahead.