The sale of Midland-based department store chain Beatties to House of Fraser looks set to go through - with D-Day for the company's loss-making Birmingham store rapidly approaching.
Beatties shareholders have already given the thumbs up to the £69.4 million takeover and a House of Fraser extraordinary general meeting on August 9 is also expected to ratify the deal.
Beatties said the House of Fraser offer was the only one left after another potential unnamed bidder, widely thought to be privately-owned Debenhams, had earlier decided it did not want to pursue the matter.
The House of Fraser takeover is likely to be concluded around the end of August. Chief Executive John Coleman earlier told The Birmingham Post the future of Beatties on Corporation Street, which operates only a few hundred yards from House of Fraser's department store, would be known "promptly" after the conclusion of the deal.
Retail experts have questioned whether House of Fraser will operate two competing stores on Corporation Street, leading to the possible closure of the Beatties outlet.
Mr Coleman has declined to say whether closure was an option or whether job losses in Birmingham - the store employed 500 people when it opened in 2001 - were on the cards.