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The world’s biggest sports retailer, Decathlon, is bringing its megastores to Melbourne and creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

The company today announced it will be opening its first store in Box Hill, with four to five stores to be opened over the next two years – each employing up to 100 people.

“Melbourne has been named the sporting capital of the decade, so it is only fitting that the world’s biggest sporting retailer is now setting up here. This significant investment by the Decathlon will create hundreds of local jobs and give consumers more choice when they are shopping for sporting goods.”

Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis

The French company has more than 1,100 stores in more than 30 countries around the world and offers a huge range of sporting and outdoor goods in its large warehouse-style stores, which are typically about 3,500 square metres in size.

The Andrews Labor Government has worked closely with Decathlon to facilitate its investment, having helped with approvals and site locations.

“Decathlon is excited to become part of the Victorian community and we will be drawing on local businesses for supply services and actively supporting the communities we operate in.”

Decathlon Australia Chief Executive Olivier Robinet

Victoria’s retail sector plays a crucial role in the economy, employing 365,000 people. Victorian retail trade grew by 4.5 per cent in 2017, faster than any other state, with turnover reaching $79.2 billion and accounting for a quarter of national retail turnover.

The Labor Government is working hard to attract more investment and cut red tape in the sector so it continues to grow and employ more Victorians.

The Labor Government has worked closely with major global retailers that have invested in Melbourne including Costco, H&M, Uniqlo, Muji and Williams Sonoma.