EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Location of affected unit(s): Verviers, Evere, Turnhout, Tournai, Gosselies, Sterpenich, Ostende, Alost, St-Nicolas, Gand (sud), Hasselt et Malines.


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores
Number Employed: 1700
Group: Oxylande

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-05-2013
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 31-10-2013
Foreseen End Date: 31-05-2018
Planned Job Creation: 1300

Additional Information

French sporting goods chain Decathlon is to create 1,300 new jobs in Belgium. The management plans the opening of 15 new stores in Belgium by 2018. Decathlon currently employs 1,700 people and plans to open a new outlet by the end of 2013 in Verviers and two other ones during 2014 in Evere and Turnhout.