John Lewis has lodged an application to build flats on the site of its Leith Warehouse after plans to relocate the distribution centre were announced at the start of the year.
The retail giant hopes to transform the 1.96 hectare site at Anderson Place off Bonnington Road into new houses with commercial space.
There have been no details submitted in terms of design, access, unit type or numbers and a full planning application is expected to be submitted to the council in the coming months.
John Lewis announced that it is to close the warehouse next month resulting in the loss of 78 jobs.
Distribution will be relocated from the current depot to one in Glasgow, as the firm seeks to centralise its operations.
Around 40 new jobs are set to be created at the new site which will also handle online orders.
A John Lewis spokeswoman said: “At the beginning of this year we began discussions with partners at our Edinburgh distribution hub about the future of the site, and after a consultation we have now confirmed. Our site in Leith is no longer suitable to support our growing business.”