Sports facilities at the old Vulcan Works site in Newton-le-Willows will be relocated and replaced by a supermarket if plans submitted to St Helens Council by St Modwen go ahead.
Under the application, the bowling football and rifle clubs will receive new pavilion buildings and new pitches.
St Modwen committed to the delivery of new premises for the clubs as part of its initial planning consent for more than 200 residential units in the area.
The application will enable St Modwen to bring forward demolition of the old sports facilities in order for an 18,000 sq ft food store to be built. Work could start on site as early as spring next year.
Paul Batho, projects director at St Modwen, said: "The sports clubs at Vulcan have historically been an integral part of this community. It has always been part of our commitment to the area to deliver new premises for these clubs and to ensure that they have the facilities to continue to thrive. Work on the housing element at Wargrave Road is now in advanced stages and, by bringing this relocation forward, we can deliver a much needed food store for the site."