Decathlon gives city a timely jobs boost

WestQuay retail park

WestQuay retail park

First published in News

FRENCH sports retailer Decathlon is to open a new store in Southampton next month, bringing 40 jobs.

The world’s biggest sports retailer has taken over the former JJB store on the West Quay retail park and is giving it a £500,000 makeover.

The new store is Decathlon’s 14th in the UK and the first on the south coast. The next nearest is Reading.

Decathlon UK managing director Steve Dykes said the company had been eyeing Southampton for “a long time” and was delighted to have secured the city centre site.

He said the store will cater for 70 sports, from more technical sports like archery and kayaking to cycling, rugby and football.

The store will run various demonstrations throughout the year and Mr Dykes said he was looking to recruit “sports people” to be able to offer expert advice to customers.

The new store, due to open on December 7, comes as a welcome boost to the city’s shopping offer after JJB Sports collapsed with £150m debts. Rival Sports Direct bought 20 JJB stores, including its outlet in Winchester’s High Street.

Decathlon is sponsoring Southampton’s Christmas ice rink, which opens today.

The Decathlon Group runs 240 stores across France, and 180 in Spain among other countries throughout Europe.

It has a turnover of around £5 billion and more than 40,000 employees worldwide. It made its first profit in the UK last year, after ten years.

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11:06am Thu 15 Nov 12

Over the Edge says...

40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1
40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1 Over the Edge
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11:22am Thu 15 Nov 12

once a saint says...

Over the Edge wrote:
40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1
Would you rather another vacant shop? It may not be the largest employer but it is some good news for the struggling retail trade.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: 40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1[/p][/quote]Would you rather another vacant shop? It may not be the largest employer but it is some good news for the struggling retail trade. once a saint
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11:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

Likesadrink says...

Decent shop is Decathalon, used to visit their Surrey Quays store regularly. Excellent for the smaller/ outdoor/ more technical sports and good value too.
Decent shop is Decathalon, used to visit their Surrey Quays store regularly. Excellent for the smaller/ outdoor/ more technical sports and good value too. Likesadrink
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11:33am Thu 15 Nov 12

elvisimo says...

Likesadrink wrote:
Decent shop is Decathalon, used to visit their Surrey Quays store regularly. Excellent for the smaller/ outdoor/ more technical sports and good value too.
very fussy and cautious over where they trade so they have obviously seen something possitive in Southampton. Good news.
[quote][p][bold]Likesadrink[/bold] wrote: Decent shop is Decathalon, used to visit their Surrey Quays store regularly. Excellent for the smaller/ outdoor/ more technical sports and good value too.[/p][/quote]very fussy and cautious over where they trade so they have obviously seen something possitive in Southampton. Good news. elvisimo
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11:53am Thu 15 Nov 12

Shoong says...

Over the Edge wrote:
40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1
Hang on, isn't this exactly what you want and keep bleating over?

But I suppose it's ok to bash good news, no matter how insignificant you feel it is, as long as it suits your political agenda.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: 40 new jobs probably all part-time minimum wage jobs,,,,excellent news for the city,,,,,by my reckoning that's still leave 817 workers looking for work in late quarter 4 and early quarter 1[/p][/quote]Hang on, isn't this exactly what you want and keep bleating over? But I suppose it's ok to bash good news, no matter how insignificant you feel it is, as long as it suits your political agenda. Shoong
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12:02pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Subject48 says...

good.
good. Subject48
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2:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Lone Ranger. says...

The Blue Dinosaur will be disapponited with new investment in Southampton under Labour.
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So much egg on face
The Blue Dinosaur will be disapponited with new investment in Southampton under Labour. . So much egg on face Lone Ranger.
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2:16pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Dragonqueen says...

Two quick questions, why are there no jobs being advertised if they are opening that soon, second why is there no mention of the new store on there website????
Two quick questions, why are there no jobs being advertised if they are opening that soon, second why is there no mention of the new store on there website???? Dragonqueen
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5:23pm Thu 15 Nov 12

SFC4EVA says...

Excellent news! Always good quality deals in Decathlon. It's camping and outdoors department will certainly give go-outdoors some healthy competition!
Excellent news! Always good quality deals in Decathlon. It's camping and outdoors department will certainly give go-outdoors some healthy competition! SFC4EVA
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