Jul 26, 2021
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JD Sports creates 500 new jobs at major Derby logistics hub

Jul 26, 2021

Another major UK retailer is upping its supply chain credentials. JD Sport Fashion will open a 514,000 sq ft warehouse complex in Derby towards the end of the year. Currently under construction on Derby Commercial Park, the centre will employ up to 500 people.

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The sportswear retailer has signed a 20-year lease for the ‘Derby 515’ address, with the facility expected to feature a high environmental rating, 56 dock doors and parking for 185 trailers.

Site developer Panattoni told Derbyshire Live it’s one of the biggest single-unit buildings currently being constructed in the UK.

Panattoni development director Andy Preston said: “This letting reflects the strength of demand from occupiers for immediately available space and the location of the facility, which has excellent transport links and a very large, suitably skilled workforce in one of the UK’s centres for advanced logistics”.

JD joins retailers such as Marks & Spencer in opening major new distribution hubs this year in the drive to improve supply and delivery options. The fast-growing retailer continues to buy or take significant stakes in rival sportswear producers and retailers, so the push to expand its supply chain is paramount.

In a performance update in June, JD also said trading in the period in the post-pandemic reopening period was “particularly encouraging in the UK”.

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