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Go Outdoors' 2011 growth starts in Manchester

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Fast growing outdoor retailer Go Outdoors is starting its ambitious 2011 expansion plans by opening a new store in Manchester next spring.

Due to open in April at the city’s Piccadilly Basin site, the outlet will create around 50 retail jobs and occupy retail space previously taken by defunct Swedish chain Ilva.

With its main competitor Blacks Leisure up for sale after a number of tough years of trading, Go Outdoors has gone from strength to strength recently.

It has opened seven shops during 2010, in Bedford, Blackburn, Colindale (London), Edinburgh, Gloucester, Norwich and Southampton.

The Manchester shop will be its 28th UK store, and CEO John Graham told Retail Gazette earlier this year that he wants to have a portfolio of 50 shops by 2012 and 100 by 2015.

It was also announced in October that Go Outdoors’s turnover for the year to January 31st grew 83 per cent to £75.4 million.

At the time, President of the board Paul Caplan said: “Go Outdoors is a rapidly growing business in a dynamic sector of the retail market.

“Strong management and a competitive offering, even during a recession, means we look forward to the next 12 months of growth and expansion.”

Published on Wednesday 01 December by Editorial Assistant

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