Developers Cityheart and BCEGI are seeking public feedback on their planned £135m revamp of the shopping centre, comprising 464 homes, a six-screen cinema and a150-bedroom hotel.
The joint venture, known as Galleries 25, was appointed to redevelop the 440,000 sq ft town centre retail complex into a mixed-use scheme last year, as revealed by Place North West.
Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International beat off competition from regeneration specialists Muse Developments, and a partnership between Maple Grove Developments and Urban Splash to secure the Wigan job.
The vision for the Galleries has been designed by JM Architects to deliver a vibrant place to live, work, play and visit, according to the JV.
The plans include leisure facilities such as a multiscreen cinema, a 10-lane bowling alley, new food and drink outlets, and indoor mini golf. A pavilion off Market Street is to be built, which will host new food and drink establishments and evening entertainment.
A new market hall is to be delivered as well, featuring traditional market stalls, retail units, co-working spaces, small offices and a food hall.
The Galleries is an example of an emerging development trend whereby councils are increasingly taking ownership of ageing retail assets before teaming up with the private sector to redevelop them.
Wigan council bought the Galleries from Luxembourg-based firm Colcastor in March 2018 before appointing Galleries 25, while Sefton Council acquired the Strand in Bootle from St Modwen and is working up redevelopment proposals.
In Oldham, the council bought the 450,000 sq ft Spindles earlier this year and is engaging with developers and in Prestwich, Bury Council is working with Muse to draw up plans for the revamp of Longfield Shopping Centre, which it plans to buy from Hollins Murray.