SEVERAL leading retail and hotel companies are vying to be part of a major development which is set to transform Wigan town centre.
Work on the highly-anticipated Tower Grand site - located near to the Grand Arcade and the Life Centre - is set to start later this year and developers have hinted they are close to announcing its occupiers.
The 15,500 sq ft complex will host a restaurant, retail unit and an 80-bed hotel (a computer generated image of the plans is pictured above).
And Scarborough Group, the developers charged with building the site, believe they would soon be in a position to announce a more specific timescale for when building work would start.
A spokesman said: “We are in discussions with a number of potential hotel operators, retailers and restaurant operators who are all interested in the scheme and excited about opening in Wigan town centre.
“Once the discussions reach a conclusion and we have a firm commitment from the occupiers, we will announce details of the construction plans.”
Planning permission for the complex was approved by the council in February after plans to develop the area at the bottom of Millgate were previously shelved due to the economic downturn.
Town centre manager Mike Matthews said the development would keep Wigan “alive after five”.
He said: “Any project like this will help boost the economy and should be welcomed.
“All town centres have problems keeping visitors in the gap between the shops closing and when the bars fill later in the evening.
“This will attract people to have a meal after work.”