Units reopen as sports chain after years standing empty

The empty units which will reopen tomorrow as the new Sports Direct store in Swan Walk  S12060843a -photo by Steve Cobb
The empty units which will reopen tomorrow as the new Sports Direct store in Swan Walk S12060843a -photo by Steve Cobb

Four of the 13 empty units in Horsham’s Swan Walk Shopping Centre have reopened as Sports Direct today (Thursday) after years of lying vacant.

The UK’s largest sport retailer replaces the four neighbouring units in Springfield Court, which housed Adams children’s clothes chain until 2008, the Fabric Shop and Mabu which shut in 2010 and the Card Factory.

Founded in 1982, Sportsdirect is now the UK’s largest sporting retailer with over 400 stores nationwide.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We are delighted to be opening our brand new store in Horsham. As our company continues to grow throughout the UK, our ethos has never changed in that we offer our customers the biggest brands in all types of sportswear, footwear and sports equipment at low prices.”

Swan Walk centre manager Gill Buchanan said: “The opening of the new Sports Direct store this week at Swan Walk is an exciting day for everyone in the town centre. We have been able satisfy the demand for a larger unit in the heart of the town centre by combining smaller units, creating a great new space within Swan Walk.”

“We are delighted to add Sports Direct to our strong tenant line up and believe that their new Horsham store will be very popular with our customers who will no longer need to travel to other towns for a Sports Direct store.

There are still nine empty units in the centre. Mrs Buchanan added: “We expect to be in a position to announce more new store openings very soon, underlining Horsham’s strong trading performance.”