Sports fashion giant JD Sports officially opened its first Barnsley town centre store on Saturday, becoming the first national retailer to open as part of The Glass Works – the regeneration of Barnsley town centre.
The UK’s leading sportswear retailer has signed a ten-year lease in the over 4,000 sq ft store, and is now open and selling stylish footwear and clothing from some of the world’s most famous sporting brands.
Its opening was officially marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Leader of Barnsley Council, Coun Sir Steve Houghton CBE.
Celebrations then continued throughout the opening day with live dance performers and a DJ outside the store entrance. Five hundred bespoke goody bags were also handed out to local shoppers to mark the landmark occasion.
Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “It’s an exciting time in our town centre as we head towards the busy Christmas shopping period, illustrated by the opening of JD Sports.
“JD Sports is a huge name in the world of retail and its opening is a key milestone for The Glass Works as we edge towards its completion in 2021. We hope the people of Barnsley enjoy shopping at the store.”
Jocelyn Holmes, senior leasing manager at Queensberry, said: “We are delighted that JD Sports chose The Glass Works development as a location for a brand-new store. It is an iconic and hugely popular British brand and the UK’s largest sports fashion retailer.
“This is another first for Barnsley town centre and we’re thrilled to see the store officially open its doors to the public ahead of the Christmas season.”
The Glass Works is the £180m development scheme funded by Barnsley Council that regenerating the heart of the town centre. The refurbished Barnsley Market opened late last year with the new state-of-the-art Library @ the Lightbox and neighbouring restaurant Falco Lounge now also open.
The second phase of the development, which will include 26 new retail units and seven family-friendly restaurants, is well underway. This work will also see the delivery of the scheme’s two key leisure anchors, Cineworld and Superbowl UK.