The progress of Wigan’s £135m project to demolish the old Galleries Shopping Centre and replace with hundreds of new-build homes, a hotel, 10,000 sq ft of commercial space, a multimedia centre, and a market hall, is well underway.
The redevelopment scheme has been described as a “visionary project”, with the first part to open being the brand-new Market Hall set to open in 2024. Until then, the current market and the Makinson Arcade are to remain open.
The council have appointed ‘activation specialist’ PlaceCo to help traders maintain footfall and provide support during the construction
“We recognise the importance of supporting traders and keeping footfall levels as high as possible throughout the redevelopment,” said Jackie Casey, Managing Director of PlaceCo. “This will mean specific marketing plus a schedule of events and animation that will eventually link into the launch of the new Market Hall space.”
Aidan Thatcher, director of growth and economy at Wigan Council, said the council was committed to supporting the traders at the market.
“We will be working closely with PlaceCo to identify ways to create a vibrant and enticing environment in and around the market hall, helping to ensure visitors continue to support their local businesses,” he said.