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JD Sports to open its largest store ever at Trafford Centre

Tom Shearsmith
02 August 2022

Manchester's Trafford Centre has announced a deal with JD Sports to create a new 42,412 sq ft flagship store at the shopping and leisure destination, which will be the largest in its global portfolio.

Taking the lower level of the former Topshop unit, the new flagship JD store will embody the brand’s strategy to set the global standard for retail experience through connected consumer experiences and a "unique delivery" of popular sports and fashion brands.

The news follows the announcement that Next has signed a new 10-year lease with Trafford Centre to significantly upsize its presence in the centre and bring its fashion, beauty and home offering together in a single 65,000 sq ft store.

Marcus Briggs, Retail Director at Pradera Lateral, said: “This new JD flagship store represents a significant step in enhancing the Trafford Centre offering and we’re delighted to be announcing the news so soon after that of Next's upsize. Trafford Centre is an iconic and sought-after retail and leisure destination and this kind of increased investment from major retail brands only serves to underline this fact.

“It’s a big year for the centre, with more exciting signings to come and significant investment in our dedicated outdoor events programme. We are proud to be building a centre that can truly live up to its strapline as an opportunity to ‘escape the ordinary’.”

James Air, Head of Group Acquisitions, said: “This will be the largest JD store ever from over 3,400 stores globally. The new store will feature a bespoke take on our latest cutting edge concept and will bring more of the very best brands to our loyal customer base in the North West.”

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