Second sports retailer helps create 50 jobs at retail park

Oxford Mail: Michael McHale, store manager of Decathlon, Oxford, which opened last month Michael McHale, store manager of Decathlon, Oxford, which opened last month

MORE than 50 jobs have been created with the opening of a new sports shop in Oxford.

Sports Direct is the second sports retailer to set up at the revamped Seacourt Retail Park, at Botley, following in the footsteps of French company Decathlon, which opened last month.

And agents say they are in talks with another as yet unnamed firm concerning occupation of the third unit in the former Habitat/Allied Carpets building, with an announcement due “shortly.”

Eric Hall, director of agents TDH Estates, said: “We are very pleased with how much the block has improved visually.”

Mr Hall added that it had been planned to redevelop the site occupied by Homebase at the same time but the DIY retailer had decided to stay for a further two years until its lease ran out.

It will now form part of a “phase two” development along with the BP petrol station which will be redeveloped at the same time.

The retail park is owned by the British Airways Pension Trust, with work starting on the £15m revamp of the site last December.

The 8,250 sq ft store is Sport Direct’s third in the city — it already has stores in the Westgate Centre in the city centre and at Cowley Retail Park.

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3:50pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Big AC says...

Of Sports Direct's 23000 workers 20000 are on zero hour contracts.
Of Sports Direct's 23000 workers 20000 are on zero hour contracts. Big AC
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

Lazy journalism here, the piece is about Sports Direct but uses a previous shot of Decathlon.
Lazy journalism here, the piece is about Sports Direct but uses a previous shot of Decathlon. Quentin Walker
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

We've already got loads of sports shops, it's a shame most of the people that buy clothing from them, haven't actually done any form of exercise since leaving school...
We've already got loads of sports shops, it's a shame most of the people that buy clothing from them, haven't actually done any form of exercise since leaving school... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -2
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