Grand Arcade (Wigan)

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The Grand Arcade
Market Place and the Grand Arcade Wigan.jpg
Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, Wigan Town Centre
LocationWigan, Greater Manchester, England
Coordinates53°32′51″N 2°37′45″W / 53.54750°N 2.62917°W / 53.54750; -2.62917
Opening dateMarch 2007
DeveloperModus
OwnerRDI REIT
No. of stores and services43
No. of anchor tenants
Total retail floor area439,000 sq ft (40,780 m2)
No. of floors2
ParkingMilgate Street 600 spaces, Crompton Street 250 spaces
WebsiteOfficial website

The Grand Arcade is a covered shopping centre located in Wigan town centre. Built in 2007, it consists of more than 40 retailers gaining an annual footfall of 6.3 million people.[1] It is owned and operated by Redefine International, a property investment business. It currently extends to 439,000 sq ft (40,800 m2), with units varying in size. The centre also houses a bronze statue of George Formby designed by Manx artist Amanda Barton and unveiled in 2007.[2] It is also the UK's first carbon neutral shopping centre, producing net zero carbon dioxide emissions.[3][4]

History[edit]

The Grand Arcade under construction

The construction of the mall started in 2005 at a cost of £120 million. It was built on the former site of The Ritz, an Art Moderne cinema open from 1968-1997, Wigan Central railway station and Wigan Casino, a nightclub which operated between 1973 and 1981 and was known widely for its northern soul music.[5] An exhibition space in the Grand Arcade holds some memorabilia and photographs of the Casino.[4] Before construction began on the site, evidence was found by Oxford Archaeology North that it was a significant Roman site in Wigan during the late first and second centuries AD.[6] These excavations revealed numerous artefacts, including a hearth, pottery pieces, and tiles. One significant discovery was a hypocaust, which was used as a heating system in a Roman bathhouse.[7] The hypocaust was restored and relocated to Concert Square, a communal area within Grand Arcade.[5]

After the financial crisis of 2007–2008 Modus, the original developer of the Grand Arcade, shelved plans for a mixed-use 190-foot-tall (58 m) apartment block called Tower Grand which would have been built on the site adjoining the centre.[8][9] The proposals were later scrapped after Modus went into administration in 2009.[3]

Retail[edit]

Inside the Grand Arcade

The centre has currently has two anchor stores, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. It has several other high street brands such as Boots, Waterstones and H & M.[10] It also holds The Casino Café which is themed on the historical Wigan Casino Social Club. In 2015 Clarks and New Look relocated their stores in Wigan to The Grand Arcade from The Galleries where they were previously based.[11] Although, two out of the original four anchor stores have closed. BHS in 2016, when it went into administration, and TK Maxx in 2017 relocating to Robin Retail Park - Marks & Spencer has also announced plans to do the same.[12]

Transport[edit]

The shopping centre is bounded by Standishgate, Crompton Street, Millgate and Riverway. Some shops have two entrances - one to the internal mall and one onto the high street. It has two multi-storey carparks on Milgate and Crompton Street with over 850 spaces combined.[13] Bus access can be gotten from the nearby Wigan bus station. Two train stations serve Wigan town centre, Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Grand Arcade – Wigan". redefineinternational.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  2. ^ Statue of Formby in place, Manchester Evening News, September 16, 2007
  3. ^ a b "Modus put into administration by lenders". Financial Times. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Wigan Grand Arcade". NRN Design. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Grand Arcade History, www.grand-arcade.co.uk
  6. ^ Oxford Archaeology North (2011) P2, Discovering Coccium: The Archaeology of Roman Wigan, Oxford Archaeology Ltd, ISBN 978-1-907686-03-0
  7. ^ Wigan's Bathhouse Excavations, Wigan Archaeological Society, wiganarchsoc.co.uk, 2007
  8. ^ "Tower Grand 'will be built'". Wigan Today. 19 June 2009.
  9. ^ Tower Grand Emporis
  10. ^ Store Directory - Grand Arcade
  11. ^ Wigan's Grand Arcade welcomes New Look and Clarks, www.theretailbulletin.com, 16 February 2015
  12. ^ "Blow for Wigan high street as Marks and Spencer announces move". Wigan Today. 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ Grand Arcade, www.visitnorthwest.com, Monday 1st May 2017
  14. ^ Getting Here, www.grand-arcade.co.uk, Retrieved 28-05-17

External links[edit]

The Grand Arcade website