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Wigan gets a £60m makeover

Words: Laura Edgar
Greater Manchester

The Galleries shopping centre in Wigan will be redeveloped after Wigan Council approved a £60 million privately funded scheme.

The scheme will modernise the shopping centre and will include space for a cinema, gym, leisure complex and restaurants. Additionally, the town’s old street pattern will be re-established, moving Wigan Market back to its original location on Market Street.

Developer Vale Retail plans to change the name of the shopping centre from Galleries to Makinson Quarter, spending £60 million to revitalise the town centre by remodelling the current facility.

Deputy leader of Wigan Council David Molyneux has expressed his delight that the councillors on the planning committee agreed with an officers' recommendation to permit the development. “That a private developer wants to invest such a large sum of money into the town centre is a tremendous vote of confidence in Wigan. This will provide a big boost to the local economy and demonstrates the huge potential of this area.”

As well as this investment from Vale Retail, Wigan bus station will undergo a £16 million facelift and the Market Place will also get a £1.3 million makeover, with the aim of making the Market Place fit to host large events.