Have you visited Angling Direct Wigan (formally North West Angling Centre) recently?
Angling Direct acquired the business on 17th November 2017; since then it has received the full AD treatment, and is now reborn in all its splendour. With a huge amount of effort from the staff, area managers, and fitting team, along with a considerable investment from ourselves (I can’t say how much as I’ve been sworn to secrecy!) Angling Direct Wigan is looking in line with all our other flagship fishing super stores.
Angling Direct Wigan is located in Hindley, Wigan, and the shop itself is housed in a unique building, St Pauls Chapel. The chapel, built in 1815, was formally North West Angling Centre, running for 30 years before Angling Direct acquired the business. The chapel has had a chequered history, being taken on by North West Angling Centre after it was left burnt out by vandals. Over the 30 years that it was home to North West Angling Centre, the building grew cosmetically more tired and worn around the edges, with various structural issues that needed to be addressed.
Since taking over in November last year Angling Direct have made extensive renovations to the chapel in order to open up areas, as well as ensuring the building’s safety for all our customers. Due to the nature of the work, the store and its staff had a period of time whereby things were a little ‘topsy turvy’, to say the least, but it was soon sorted out, and it was over to our shop fitting team, headed up by Lee Tomlin, to work their magic, and bring the shop up to date, just as they had with our other Angling Direct stores.
The in store team is led by manager Paul Duffin, alongside Frank Christy, both with over 60 years’ top level match angling experience, including fishing in the Drennan League. The younger members of staff, Dean Houghton, Tom Roberts, Ross Redfern, Curtis Tongue, and Ian Brooke, have experience in both carp and specimen angling, and as a whole the staff have every base covered when it comes to angling.
The new look Angling Direct Wigan stocks over 20,000 lines, including top brands such as NASH, KORDA, ESP , DRENNAN, MAVER, GARBOLINA, MAP, PRESTON, THINKING ANGLERS, MAINLINE, STICKY BAITS, DYNAMITE BAITS, ADVANTA, and many more. The shop has a lovely double tiered setup, with bedchairs, bivvies, fish care, poles and clothing all set up high on the upper levels. The main floor holds terminal tackle, rods, reels, sea fishing gear, fly fishing gear and everything else an angler could want. Don’t take my word for it; head on down and check it out for yourself.
A special thanks to all the regular and local customers in and around Wigan, as well as the in store staff Paul Duffin, Tom Roberts, Frank Christy, Ross Redfern, Curtis Tongue, and Ian Brooke. Another thanks must go out to area manager Roy Allen, and the shop fitting team, including Wayne Glossop and Lee Tomlin. The shop is awesome, and it certainly can be called a fishing place of worship! see you in store with us soon at Angling Direct Wigan.