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New mezzanine floor for JD warehouse

Posted by Mark
April 24, 2012 in Mezzanine Flooring

High Street sports giant JD Sports is set to open a huge new distribution centre in Rochdale this summer, having spent over £19 million over the last year converting its warehouse. The distribution centre now provides over 850,000 square feet of space, including a 250,000 sq. ft area of  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring.

Founded in 1981 by friends David Makin and John Wardle with a shop in Bury, the business has grown to be one of the most well-known names in sports retail, opening shops in Manchester’s Arndale Centre in 1983 and in the West End’s Oxford Street in 1989.

Being listed on the London Stock Exchange in the mid-90s, the company went from strength to strength, buying 200 Blacks Leisure stores in 2002 and a further 70 stores when Allsports went into administration in 2005.

Although the founding friends sold their shares to Pentland Group in 2005, the company name has been retained. Since then, the company has bought the fashion chain Bank Stores, which retail goods including Adidas Originals, Henleys and Firetrap.

The rapid expansion that the business has enjoyed during the last few years had left it in need of larger premises. Prior to the warehouse going into full commercial operation, the equipment used for sorting products has been undergoing rigorous tests for several weeks. Inbound deliveries to the distribution centre will commence at the end of April, with a fully integrated operation in place by the end of June.

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