JD Sports gets ready to open stores
JD Sports is advertising for store staff in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The Seek advertisements report that “JD Sports will open its first physical locations in Australia in early 2017 and we are on the lookout for high energy Casual and Part-time Sales Assistants to join our company who are as passionate about our brands as we are.”
Among other roles, customer service team leads and store managers are also being sought for the company which is known as the “King of trainers” and sells the biggest apparel brands across their more than 500 global stores.
JD Sports was established in 1981 in the north-west of England, with one store and now features “ in a number of territories throughout Europe and South-east Asia,” as a multi-channel retailer of sports fashion and outdoor brands.
JD Sports Fashion set up a beachhead in Australia with the acquisition of 32-store strong Next Athleisure, as reported by Sportslink in September 2016.
Established in 1998, Hilton Seskin’s company Next Athleisure which includes Glue and SuperGlue stores, targetted the young and trendy.
Retail and wholesale sales across the Next Athleisure group were reported to be around $200m in 2015 but included sales at Topshop/Topman which are not included in the JD Sports acquisition.
JD Sports Fashion was reported to have no interest in converting Glue stores to JD Sports but a spokesman did not rule it out. Hilton Seskin was a partner in the original Rebel Sport stores with Ian Dresner.
It is reported that the first JD Sports store will open in Melbourne’s CBD in April.