// JD Sports will reopen majority of stores from June 15
// The sportswear retailer has over 300 stores in the UK
JD Sports has reportedly announced it will reopen the majority of its store estate in England from June 15.
The sportswear retailer has over 300 stores in the UK and plans to reopen them all, in line with government guidelines.
It remains certain about reopening its stores on retail parks and high streets, but is doubtful of opening its stores in shopping centres as these will be dependent on landlord decisions, Retail Week reported.
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JD Sports said will bring back its staff that have been furloughed from June 8 to prepare its stores and has created a “mock-up” in its Manchester store to help managers visualise the new store layouts.
Meanwhile, stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed.
JD Sports recently saw its proposition to buy rival Footasylum for £90 million blocked by the CMA, 14 months after the takeover deal was first agreed.
The CMA said it analysed a wide range of evidence looking at how closely JD Sports and Footasylum firms compete as well as competition from other retailers, and the constraint from suppliers like Nike and Adidas.
JD Sports has now expressed interest in the sale of shoe retailer Office.