A new era.
The town’s new art gallery opened at Town Wharf in early 2000. The following year, Crown Wharf retail park opened nearby, accommodating retailers including next and TK Maxx which closed on the 9th September 2020.
The 21st century has also seen a number of housing regeneration projects in the most deprived areas. Many of the town’s 1960s tower blocks have been demolished, as well as interwar council housing in parts of Blakenall Heath and Harden,