Top sportswear store JD Sports is to open in Northfield Shopping Centre next month creating 15 new jobs.
The new store, close to the busy shopping centre’s Church Street entrance, puts Northfield on course to be full within the next few months.
It is the latest store to open under UK and European expansion plans by JD Sports, based in Bury, Greater Manchester, which offers a wide range of branded sportswear, footwear, accessories and equipment for men, women and children.
Staff are now being recruited for the store, with applications already flooding in, said a JD Sports spokesman.
He added: “We are delighted to be launching JD Sports at Northfield Shopping Centre.
“We are also pleased to be employing a significant number of local staff and supporting the community. We hope the new store creates a real “buzz” and is a great success over years to come.”
The 11,000 sq ft store will open at the end of October with a day of fun activities, with a DJ on site, plus competitions, such as the chance to win trainers for a year.
It replaces a greengrocery that closed several months ago, and a menswear shop, which ceased trading.
Northfield Shopping Centre Pete Barber said: “We are delighted to welcome JD Sports as the latest new arrival, which follows hot on the heels of our last store opening – Ponden Home, in summer.
“Northfield is a very successful shopping centre, as it’s based right in the heart of the community, and this takes us even closer to full capacity. We already have strong interest in our few remaining units and hope to have them taken soon.
“The store is in two units that has been empty for a little while and I am sure that local people will welcome this addition to the wide range of fashion and clothes, along with health, beauty and everyday needs, that are available right on their doorstep, here at Northfield.”
JD Sports has just reported strong trading for the first half of 2014, with its 850 stores. Most are in the UK, but the company also trades in mainland Europe. Executive chairman Peter Cowgill has said that UK High Streets remain important to the company.
The company was founded by John Wardle and David Makin in 1981 trading from a single shop in Bury, and took its name from their initials.
The company is now official stockists of top brands including Adidas, Originals, Nike, Mackenzie, Converse, Lacoste, Carbrini, Fred Perry, Fila, New balance, The Duffer of St George, Reebok, Timberland and Gio Goi.
The JD Sports spokesman added that the new Northfield store will have a strong focus on footwear.
“Reinforcing their title ‘King Of Trainers’ JD offer their explosive mix of autumn footwear, showcasing top brands. Highlights include the Nike Air Max 90, the Adidas ZX 750’s, the Van Winston’s and the Puma Suede,” he added.
“For the fashion conscious, trainers are no longer just a gym theme, match your most stylish outfits with a pair of JD’s classic styles or be daring with the new exclusives.”
Northfield Shopping centre is home to more than 40 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 650 parking spaces. More details at www.northfieldshopping.co.uk.
To apply for jobs please email your details to Jobs.Northfield@jdplc.com