64 new jobs as French sports retailer opens new Limerick store

Limerick Decathlon Store Manager Emanuela Martone gets set for tomorrow's official opening.

SPORTS goods retailer Decathlon will open its second Irish store in Limerick tomorrow (Friday) with the creation of 64 new jobs in management, operations and e-commerce roles.

The new outlet will be located at the Parkway Retail Park, in place of the Homebase home improvement store and garden centre which closed earlier this year.

The 5,000 square metre store will have more than 70 sports brands, including Gaelic Games products, with 1,500 square metres dedicated to ‘sports experience zones,’ including a climbing wall, football pitch, cycling track, basketball court and indoor gym.

There will also be an on-site cafe with the opening of Ampersand, which currently have six outlets across Limerick City including Sarsfield Street, Castletroy, Corbally and Dooradoyle.

The French family-owned retailer, which was founded in 1976, has secured a 25-year lease on the property.

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“Decathlon’s aim is to provide a complete sports experience to sports lovers,” said store manager, Emanuela Martone.

“The brand’s flagship store in Ballymun was built with this idea in mind and myself and my teammates are delighted that the Decathlon Limerick Sports Hub will follow the same concept.”