JD Sports touches down at Belfast International Airport

Charlene Smith and Natassia Coney from JD are welcomed to Belfast International Airport by Deirdre Graffin, commercial manager
Gareth McKeown

LEADING sports retailer JD has touched down at Belfast International Airport with a new store now open.

The 1,844 sq ft JD outlet is the latest addition to the retail portfolio at the airport and the new shop will employ eight staff in the departures area.

The decision to locate permanently to Belfast International was made following a successful ‘pop-up' JD outlet, which opened last year to coincide with the Euro 2016 football tournament.

JD marketing executive Cliona McDonnell said: "JD are delighted to expand their portfolio and open up a permanent store at Belfast International Airport, following the success story of our pop-up store at the airport last year to support Euro 2016."

Belfast International Airport's commercial manager Deirdre Graffin said JD is a great addition to the airport's increasing retail offer.

"We are delighted to welcome them back to the airport," she said.

“We know from customer feedback that JD is a brand that will be popular with our passengers. With such a wide range of products available at great value prices, we are sure the new outlet will be a great success with the 5.6 million passengers who are due to travel from Belfast International Airport this year.”

News of the new JD outlet comes just weeks after a £2.5 million investment in the airport's food and drink offerings was announced.

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets, is undertaking a major expansion at the airport, which is set to create 70 jobs. Most of the work is taking place at existing premises within the terminal.

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