A step closer for grand plan

Tower Grand development artist's impression
Tower Grand development artist's impression

A GRAND unveiling is expected in the “near future” for a Wigan town centre major hotel and retail complex.

The Tower Grand project is expected to bring dozens of jobs and revitalise the town’s evening scene, helping the “alive after five” economy.

Building work on the unit which runs parallel to River Way and Millgate - next to the Life Centre and Grand Arcade car park - remains on course to start later this year.

A spokesman for Scarborough Development Group, which is leading the project, told the Evening Post that a hotel operator is in place to take over control of the 80-bed facility.

And leading retailers are now said to be in talks for the ground units, amounting to 15,700 sq ft.

The spokesman said: “All of our efforts are now being focused on securing retail and leisure occupiers for the ground floor of the development.

“These will need to be pre-let before proceeding any further but all of the bits are falling into place and a major announcement for this exciting new complex in Wigan is expected in the near future.”

The Tower Grand plan was scheduled to be the final phase of the Grand Arcade development but all operations were shelved as a result of the financial crash in 2007.

The hotel alone is expected to provide a jobs boost to the borough’s economy with 40 full-time and 15 part-time roles with the retail units providing dozens more.

It will face the town’s recently opened Premier Inn which is across the road from River Way on Harrogate Street, the site of the former police station.

Since the announcement last year that the Tower Grand plans had been resurrected, an ambitious £60m overhaul of The Galleries shopping centre at the opposite end of the town has also been unveiled.