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Trespass eyes 250 stores in four years

Outdoor sports and leisure wear specialist Trespass has laid out plans to grow from 72 to 250 stores within four years as it takes advantage of property opportunities thrown up by the economic downturn.

The retailer is looking for 1,500 sq ft stores on high streets and in shopping malls and plans to open 100 new stores within two years and grow to 250 after that.

Head of retail Chris Stewart said: “We’re taking advantage of the availability of sites and trading is good, although it’s been a bit challenging in the last few weeks as the weather’s been too good. We had a phenomenal January with the snow and overall we’re very happy with trade.

“We’re cautiously optimistic for the next few years.”

The Glasgow-based chain, which was established by parent company manufacturer Jacobs & Turner in 1984, sells skiwear and weather-related outerwear and accessories as well as kidswear.

Trespass will open the first store in its expansion phase next week in Dorchester. It is eyeing stores in towns such as Torquay, Worcester and Leamington Spa.

Trespass, which has 90 stores and 35 concessions across 62 countries, is also looking for partners to open more standalone stores abroad. “We’re very strong in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Stewart.

Property agent King Sturge acted for the retailer.

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