Tony, who is now played by Terence Maynard, recently arrived back in Weatherfield hoping to build bridges with his estranged son Jason (Ryan Thomas).
Upcoming episodes will see Tony brought into Tracy and Rob's ongoing storylines as they try to take their Barlows' Buys store to the next level.
Show producer Stuart Blackburn explained: "There's a desire to make the shop work. It's taken its time as new businesses do and they get a little bit impatient. We've got Jason's dad Tony entering the scene, who is in Weatherfield for genuine reasons. He wants to renew his relationship with his son and somehow turn back the clock, but he's a man with an edge.
"He's the sort of guy where if you really need something, he can find you it. He's going to get involved with Rob and Tracy and they may have bitten off more than they can chew with him."
Viewers will also start to see just how much Tracy and Rob mean to each other as their plots progress.
Blackburn said: "There's good stuff coming up. They do love each other. We're pursuing that properly. Amidst all the madness that is their life, Rob does love Tracy. It's taken him by surprise. Rob loves Tracy and she loves him. They're going to be massively embroiled in the Peter/Carla/Tina story."
Coronation Street is planning a big year for the Barlows in general as members of the family are likely to be prime suspects for Tina's death later this year. Chris Gascoyne's intention to take a break from the role of Peter at the end of his current contract has also now been officially confirmed.
On Peter and Tina's affair story, Blackburn said: "I absolutely adore it. Some people are going, 'Oh, Peter's age!' but I just think it works on screen. We all know Michelle Keegan is leaving in the middle of the year. People say affairs are bad - well, Peter and Tina are going to regret this one for sure. The consequences of it will take us right through until Christmas."
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