DUBLIN, Ireland - In a bid to expand in Ireland, the French sportswear chain Decathlon has announced plans to build a new store in the country.
The company has said that as part of its plans, it will be creating up to 100 jobs in the country.
Decathlon said that it has agreed to plans with Dublin City Council to buy a site worth 4.5 million euros, which is located next to Ikea in Ballymun, Dublin.
Commenting on the announcement, local Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said, “This is yet another vote of confidence in the local economy, in local jobs and in the future of Ballymun. Decathlon could provide up to 100 jobs, and I have contacted them to ensure that the idea of employing locally is on their agenda from the outset. I would also expect Dublin City Council to set this as a criteria for the development.”
He added, “While this type of large retail shop isn’t necessarily suited to Ballymun Shopping Centre, the 4.5 million euros recouped from this sale absolutely must be ring-fenced for the Ballymun area, for the development of local infrastructure and for vital local amenities which councillors all too often say we don’t have the funding for."
He added, “On the whole, with 4.5 million euros in local investment potentially ahead, as well as the potential to create up to 100 jobs, this is a very positive development."