Superpub chain Wetherspoons have denied there is a change of location for their new Irvine pub.
Speculation was that the pub giant was on the verge of snapping up the Co-op building which shut last week.
But a spokesperson for the company has denied the company are interested in the High Street property.
A Wetherspoons spokesperson said: “We are committed to opening a pub in Irvine but not in that location.
“We have identified a site and are confident that this will be the location for our pub if everything goes according to plan.”
As reported in the Irvine Herald, the pub chain have been looking at the former photographic studio at the bottom end of the Rivergate shopping centre.
It was thought that the company had made the move for the former Co-op store to capitalise on the new Magnum site being next door but the chain have committed to a site in the Rivergate.
JD Wetherspoon, founded in 1979 by New Zealander Tim Martin, have more than 800 pubs across the UK and are a stock market-listed company. The group has three Ayrshire pubs – in Ayr, Kilmarnock and Saltcoats.