JD, the global sports fashion brand, is set to create over 15 new jobs in Killarney as it opens a new store in the town’s outlet centre. The 7,400 sq ft store will be located on the ground floor of the centre, following the departure of Nike last year. The closure of Nike coincided with the purchase of Killarney Outlet Centre, which was sold for an estimated €7-8m. This new addition is seen as a significant milestone in the regeneration of the shopping centre, which has recently seen the opening of Born Fashions and Mods and Minis premises.
The centre, which is located in the town centre near the rail station, currently has 39 retail units, including food outlets, and offers coach parking and 230 car spaces. JD Sports, established in 1981, is undergoing a major expansion plan and has announced that it will invest up to £3bn (€3.49bn) to open as many as 1,750 stores worldwide. The company already operates 900 stores globally and is one of the largest and most recognized sports retailers in the world.
Following the announcement, a spokesperson for Killarney Outlet Centre expressed their delight with the progress made and stated that they are confident of further significant retail announcements in the coming months. The centre’s manager, Paul Sherry, said, “The arrival of JD will mark the beginning of a glorious new era for Killarney Outlet Centre and we will be unveiling exciting plans for both floors in the very near future.”
Other tenants at the centre, according to the official website, include DV8, Leading Labels, Pavers, Trespass, The Works, EuroGiant, Holland & Barrett, Army Surplus Warehouse, and Kerry GAA. The opening of the JD store further strengthens the centre’s retail offering and is expected to attract more visitors to the area. With its continued expansion plans, JD Sports is set to become an even more dominant player in the global sports fashion market.