Decathlon UK are delighted to be opening a new city centre store in Trinity Leeds on Thursday 25 March. The new store on Boar Lane spans 35,000 sq ft over two floors and will take the form of an experimental flagship, allowing customers to touch and interact with all products in their large showrooms.
Since it’s UK launch over 20 years ago, Decathlon has grown into one of the UK’s leading outdoor and sports retailers. The latest addition to the brand’s expanding portfolio is their second in the region, bringing their total number of UK stores to 44. Decathlon hopes by providing high quality products and services at affordable prices to customers of all backgrounds, this new Leeds store will boost their efforts to help everyone in the UK lead more active lifestyles.
The store will initially focus on click & collect and essential items only, ahead of the full launch in April, in adherence to government guidelines. This includes a new Covid-safe initiative Click & Drive, where customers' products are brought out to their cars much like a drive-thru. They will also operate a workshop service from launch, which as a key part of Decathlon’s sustainability project helps to keep the UK active by repairing items such as bikes, kayaks and tents.
Leading the development is David Baker, Decathlon Leeds Store Manager, who has nearly five years’ experience in the company and is returning to his home city to head up this exciting new project.
David commented: “Since my first day at Decathlon, it has been a dream of mine to open a store in my home city of Leeds. I am very excited we can help make sport more accessible to people in the city. We’ve already built strong relationships with a number of partners, including Leeds Dock Running and Cycling Club and Active Leeds. Going forwards we can’t wait to connect with all the sport enthusiasts in and around the city.
“It’s also no coincidence that Leeds is twinned with Decathlon’s home city, Lille – it has long been a target location of ours and we’re delighted to finally be here. We have spent a lot of time during the pandemic making sure our offer at Trinity is perfectly tailored to the local customer needs, and we’re in no doubt that this young and vibrant city will embrace Decathlon Leeds as the go to store for all sports-related products and services.”
Trinity Leeds brings together over 120 local, national, and international brands under one roof. Through its varied lineup of retail, dining, and leisure operators, Trinity truly brings the Heart of Leeds to Life, working as a focal point within the city. Its flexible workspace is complemented by Trinity Kitchen – the leading street food hub that helps incubate small businesses and rotates the F&B offer, to keep fresh options for the city’s residents and workers.
Commenting on the signing, James Hutchinson, portfolio manager at Landsec, said: “We’ve already seen an incredible response on our social media channels to this new store; our shoppers are counting down the days until the Decathlon launch at Trinity Leeds. It will be great to see the former BHS reimagined, tangible evidence of Landsec’s desire to deliver the vision for Trinity, bringing the heart of Leeds back to life.”