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Cloggs is ‘back on track’ after JD deal

Footwear etailer Cloggs says it is back on track towards growth, following its sale to JD Sports Fashion earlier this year.

The Birmingham-based business, which sells men’s, women’s and kids’ brands, was sold to JD for an undisclosed sum in February and since then has focused on “building the business back up again”, a process that means the company is now recruiting for new staff .

Cloggs founder and managing director Chris Thomas told Drapers he was recruiting five buying and merchandising staff . This will return the team to its full complement after five staff took voluntary redundancy when the business relocated from its central Birmingham premises to a warehouse on the outskirts of the city last month.

“We offered voluntary redundancy only as part of the office move process and not because we were downsizing,” Thomas explained.

He plans to strengthen the business under head buyer Lucia Messenger and Andy Scott, who came on board as buying director in a consultancy role last month.

“We are slightly behind the curve in terms of our autumn 13 buy because of all the changes, so it will be great to get these new starters on board as soon as possible,” Thomas added.

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