French sports retailer Decathlon opened Thursday in Romania, near Bucharest, its first logistics center in Southeast Europe, following an investment of almost EUR 4 million, Jean-Francois Mace, CEO Decathlon Romania said.
The Romanian logistics center will supply at least 30 stores in three countries in the region – Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, covering a total area of 29,000 sqm, with strategic importance at regional level.
The investment in product stocks, when the warehouse will operate at its maximum capacity, will amount to EUR 10 million.
”The inauguration of the Decathlon logistics center emphasizes Romania’s role at regional level and is part of the development strategy of the national commercial and distribution network. The decision to build this center in Romania was a natural one, determined by the local growth potential and the interest in sport manifested by more and more Romanians (…) Within the deposit, we created about 200 jobs for the people in Bucharest and its neighboring localities. By the end of 2018, we plan to double the number of employees, which will increase from year to year,” Gregory Richarte, Logistics Director Decathlon Romania stated.
The warehouse is located in Stefanestii de Jos, Ilfov County, and will have over 1.5 million sports items in stock, and between 50,000 and 180,000 products will be delivered daily, depending on the season and orders. Design and planning work lasted about seven months.
By the end of the year, Decathlon will open two other stores in Romania, the local network being extended to 22 stores, Alexandru Domsa, Real Estate Director Decathlon Romania announced.
France is Romania’s 4th investor with more than 3,000 companies on the local market, with an aggregate turnover of EUR 18 billion and 120,000 jobs created, said Adriana Record, Executive Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER).