Decathlon, which is already by far the biggest sports retailer in France and Spain, is reportedly planning to open its first store in Andorra, the small independent enclave between the two countries, after strenuous efforts made since the local legislation relaxed the rules for foreign investment in 2012. It was facing the opposition of major local players in the sporting goods market such as Viladomat. According to Tradesport, it has agreed to take up a location in the Punt de Trobada shopping center, near the premises of a Carrefour store that is due to open in the spring.
Meanwhile, Decathlon is scheduled to inaugurate its third Austrian store in Klagenfurt on March 17, covering 2,000 square meters. According to SAZ, the French retailer managed to generate sales of €20 million in Austria as planned last year, in spite of retail lockdowns, by pushing e-commerce, which grew by 140 percent to represent 43 percent of the turnover. The company opened its first store in Austria with a 5,000-sqm. location in the Vösendorf district of Vienna two and a half years ago, followed by another one last autumn in the Stadlau business park north of the capital.
All this information could not be confirmed.
A few days ago, Decathlon opened a new 2,000-sqm. store in a central area of Offenburg, close to the train station, as part of its expansion into the southern part of Germany. Like the store in Klagenfurt, it is offering a Click-and-Collect option. Decathlon already has more than 80 stores in Germany, mostly in the northern part of the country.