JD Sports began with its first store in Bury, Greater Manchester.

JD Sports shop front from 1981


JD Sports opened its first store on Oxford Street, London.

Oxford Street, London street sign


57.5% of JD Sports Fashion Plc was bought by the Pentland Group.

Pentland Group logo
London Stock Exchange logo


JD Sports Fashion Plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange.


JD Sports Fashion Plc acquired Chausport, a French sports retailer; the Group's first international presence & entry into Europe.


JD Sports opened its first JD in Lille, France; our first store in Europe.

JD Sports shop front from 2009


The JD Group expanded into the Outdoor market with Blacks and Millets joining the Group.

London Stock Exchange logo
London Stock Exchange logo


The JD Group acquired Sprinter, a leading Spanish sports retailer, specialising in footwear, apparel & equipment; the Group's first entry into Spain.


The JD Group launched its first JD Sports store in Malaysia; the Group's first entry into Asia Pacific. JD now has stores in Australia, Singapore & Thailand.

The JD Group also opened its first gym as part of JD Gyms; an affordable yet stylish gym concept.

JD Sports launches new store in Malaysia


The JD Group acquired Hot-T, a South Korean retailer of sports branded footwear.

The JD Group acquired Go Outdoors, the UK's 'destination' for everything outdoors.

Go Outdoors store front


The JD Group was promoted to the FTSE100 list of largest businesses in the UK.

JD Chicago store


The JD Group acquired Finish Line in the United States, a sports fashion retailer with a store presence across 44 states. JD Sports opened its first 5 JD stores in the USA: Chicago, Houston, Columbus, Washington and Indianapolis.


JD opened its first store in Times Square, New York, USA; JD’s first flagship in the U.S.

JD Times Square Store


The JD Group acquired Shoe Palace, a retailer of branded sports footwear and apparel based on the West Coast of the U.S. Shoe Palace has 167 stores, most of which are in California and a strong connection with Hispanic and Latino communities.

JD Shoe Palace

The JD Group now has over 2,600 stores in 20 territories, including over 830 JD Sports stores, as we continue to expand.