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Sports Direct is to close its 360,000 sq ft Wigan warehouse

Sports Direct is to close its 360,000 sq ft Wigan warehouse

Staff have been offered alternative jobs in Derbyshire after Sports Direct following the closure, planned for June. Up to 300 staff could be involved.

The Martland Park warehouse, which comes with an additional 45,000 sq ft of office, was acquired along with JJB Sports in 2012.

Speculation about the future of the warehouse dates to 2016 when Sports Direct’s property agents offered the building to other tenants.

The premises were sold by Sports Direct to investor clients of Franck Steier Price in 2014 as part of a £21m deal including the 100,000 sq ft unit next door. The warehouse and office complex were then re-let to Sports Direct on a 10 year lease, with a break in 2019 which they are now exercising. The rent was £1.6m a year.

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