Relocation of the Birmingham Wholesale Market to an out of town site will receive political backing today.
Members of the city council cabinet are expected to appoint consultants to prepare a business case for moving the Digbeth-based market to a location more easily accessible for customers.
The 21-acre site, bounded by Bradford Street and Pershore Street, is due to be sold by the council for about £15 million, with the proceeds going towards the cost of building a new library in Centenary Square.
Birmingham Wholesale Market opened on its present site in 1974 and is the largest of its kind in the UK. With a turnover of £600 million a year, it distributes meat, fruit, vegetables, seafood, frozen foods and flowers to more than 4,000 retail outlets 365-days-a-year.