Bosses at a supermarket say they are still committed to bringing their store to Whitley Bay.
Concerns had been raised over plans to build a new Aldi store in Hillheads Road, at the junction with Foxhunters Road.
Rumours had been rife that the chain had pulled out of the development over concerns of land contamination or mine workings under the site.
However, officials at Aldi say they are still committed to bringing a store to the town and more progress will be made in the coming weeks.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “Work to clear the site prior to construction has now been completed.
“We expect construction to begin in Spring.”
The former Foxhunters Cars showroom – now located further along Foxhunters Road – was demolished at the end of last year, and the site cleared in January.
The new store is expected to create 30 jobs.
When the plans were first unveiled in 2014, an Aldi spokesperson said: “A high quality design featuring high levels of glazing would give a crisp, modern look to the building.
“Attractive new landscaping and tree planting around the site’s boundaries would further enhance the appearance of the proposed site.
“We feel this is a great opportunity to offer residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their shopping, particularly as many local residents are currently travelling out of the local area to meet their shopping needs.
“A new Aldi store in this location will also deliver multi-million pound investment in the local area and up to 30 new jobs.”