DIY chain B&Q has dropped out of a £32 million showpiece development in Rugeley - but the scheme will go ahead regardless.
Essential infrastructure work at Towers Business Park development is set to start soon following local authority planning approval for a new access road to the site.
Regional development agency AWM is working in partnership with developers Gazeley and Cannock Chase Council to transform 40 acres of former colliery land into high-quality office, industrial and warehouse space, creating 700 new jobs.
Gazeley wants new occupiers for the development after B&Q decided not to take up its option for a new 700,000 sq ft centre. A B&Q Properties spokesman said: "Following a major business strategy review in the autumn of 2005, and due to the changed business environment, B&Q Logistics do not feel able to progress plans for a new fulfilment centre at this time.
"The B&Q project team worked hard with AWM and Cannock Chase Council to make the project deliverable - but the recent change in business climate was not foreseeable at the time we were negotiating planning permission."
Steve Holland, head of asset management at AWM, said: "Gazeley are one of the European leaders in this market and we are confident the Towers development will attract one or more high-calibre end-users.
"The agency has a key role to improve land and property infrastructure and Towers is exactly the sort of quality development opportunity that will help transform the West Midlands into a world-class region."
Nick Cook, of Gazeley, added: "We are very positive about securing occupiers in such a strategic location."
Original reclamation of the Towers Business Park site was funded by English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, as part of its National Coalfields Programme.