Decathlon Germany will close the 2020 fiscal year with seven new openings and two expansions. They will more than offset the closure of five units including the French company’s first outlet in the country, opened in 1986 in the Kley district of Dortmund, and the small Decathlon Connect store opened in 2016 in a shopping gallery under the Stachus in Munich. Coupled with the successful implementation of a multi-channel sales model, this will result in an unspecified sales increase for the year, said André Weinert, who has been running the German subsidiary of Decathlon since one year ago. He said that many customers are now increasingly shopping online after being led to do so during the corona-related lockdowns. As part of next year’s expansion of both channels – physical stores and e-commerce – the new logistics center in Berlin, which will open in 2021, will focus exclusively on processing online orders. The “Digital Marketplace” project will also be part of the expansion. It will extend the existing range of products and services in order to address customers in a more targeted manner. The network of physical retail stores in Germany is to be made tighter in the coming years as it is expected to be expanded to 140 locations from 83 at present.