31 October 2019/ Area guides

Commercial Property Area Guide: Wigan - England

Commercial properties to rent in Wigan

Wigan is a town in the Greater Manchester area close to major cities including Liverpool, Manchester and towns like Warrington, Stockport and Bolton. It’s known for its strong cultural history, with Charlie Chaplin getting his break there and rock group The Verve starting out in the city in the late 1980s. It remains a centre for music in the North West, with a number of popular alternative music venues welcoming young people from across the region every week. Retail is also a key industry in the town, accounting for just over 22% of the town’s sources of employment.

The population of Wigan is around 81,200 and the town is part of the commuter belt for both Manchester and Liverpool. The average age of its residents is 40.8 years, just above the UK average of 40 and has risen more sharply than the UK average over the last decade. Property prices are highly affordable in Wigan, at an average of £147,000 compared to the UK’s average of £291,000 for residential properties, meaning commercial spaces are also much cheaper in the town.

Over the last two decades, a number of locations around Wigan have been redeveloped into prime retail, office and industrial spaces, including the Grand Arcade shopping centre and the former Westwood power station site. If you’re on the lookout for a new business premises in Wigan, here’s everything you need to know about the town.


Travel and transport in Wigan


Wigan has two train stations close to the town centre. Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western are located virtually opposite each other in the centre of the town. Services run from Wallgate to the east and west, as well as to Manchester Airport, Manchester city and Stockport. North Western station is on the electrified West Coast main line and express trains run to London Euston, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow among other destinations.

Two airports are within an hour’s drive of Wigan. Manchester Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport are both around 45 minutes from the centre of Wigan. Both offer a range of domestic flights together with long and short haul international flights to destinations around the world.

Wigan is well connected by road. Wigan is located on the intersection of the A49 and A577 roads and is close to the M6, M61 and M58 motorways. It has an excellent network of buses across the town centre and connects with surrounding suburbs and towns like Bolton, Leigh and Rochdale. Most can be caught from the recently redeveloped Wigan bus station, located just off Market Street.

Offices to rent in Wigan


Retail units to rent in Wigan


Where can I find delicious food in Wigan?

La Sentidos Loca

Gallimore’s Fine Restaurant

Fat Olive Restaurant

The Black Pepper

Simply Thai

Discover more tasty places to eat in Wigan here.

Where are Wigan’s best coffee spots?

Caffé Rosso

Bag and Bean

Allotment Wigan

Find new places to get your caffeine fix here.

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Wigan has lots of facilities across the town.

There are more than 14 gyms in Wigan, including:

  • DW Fitness First
  • CrossFit
  • Xercise4Less

Find more places to get physical in Wigan here.

Banks and Post Offices in WiganThere are 10 banks in Wigan, comprised of:

  • 2 Yorkshire Bank
  • 3 Barclays (1 bank branch, 2 ATMs)
  • 2 Nationwide
  • 2 TSB
  • 1 Santander

There are 19 Post Offices across Wigan.

You’ll find plenty of places to pick up groceries and indulge in retail therapy across Wigan, including:

  • 2 Asda Supermarkets
  • 4 Tesco (2 Extra, 2 Express)
  • 1 Sainsbury’s
  • 3 Lidl
  • 4 ALDI
  • 3 Iceland
  • 8 Co-Op

If you’re looking for shopping centre, Wigan has plenty. The Grand Arcade shopping centre is the main area for shopping and is home to a number of popular stores including Boots, Debenhams, Clarks, H&M, JD, New Look and River Island. There are also a number of retail parks in Wigan’s suburbs, including Winstanley Shopping Precinct, Marus Bridge Retail Park and Robin Retail Park.

Retail properties to let in Wigan

Agents operating in the area:

Roger Hannah & Co

Parkinson Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield

Barker Proudlove Ltd

Sanderson Weatherall LLP

Wigan is home to lots of exciting commercial properties – here’s a selection of the best on the market:

Makinson Arcade

31-33 Mesnes Street

Moot Hall Chambers

Meeks Building

52 Wallgate


Commercial properties to let in Wigan

Offices to let in Wigan

Shops to let in Wigan

Industrial units to let in Wigan

Wigan is home to notable businesses – meet the new neighbours:

H.J. Heinz

DW Sports Fitness

Arrow XL

AB World Foods

Large offices and co-working spaces in Wigan

Unity House

Pemberton Business Centre

Fascinating facts about Wigan

Wigan was once the centre of the ‘Northern Soul’ dance movement, attracting thousands from across the region to all-night events at Wigan Casino. It now hosts an international jazz festival every summer.

Famous retailer Marks & Spencer was born in the town when its two founders met there in 1894 and spent three years as the HQ for the retailer.

Wigan used to be a major centre for coal mining, with more than 1000 pits within five miles of the centre. Since the final pit closed in 1992 the town refocused itself to be more centred around the retail industry.

Wigan Rugby FC is one of the top performing sides in the UK and have made themselves at home in a new 25,000 seat stadium.

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