Hope for town centre shops

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COULD Wigan’s shops be in line for a rescue mission from retail troubleshooter Mary Portas?

That was the hope today, as a bid was being prepared to win aid from a scheme launched by the woman known as Mary Queen of Shops.

Managers behind the Wiganplus loyalty scheme hope that by becoming one of 12 Government-sponsored towns called Portas Pilots, that Wigan can attract a new wave of customers to its town centre. The winners will benefit from a share of £1m to help turn around their local streets’ fortunes.

The competition comes as latest figures from the Local Data Company show that a quarter of Wigan’s retail units are now empty.

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (MONDAY) ...