The official name for JD Sports is JD Sports Fashion plc and the company is based in Bury, Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. They have retail outlets throughout the UK and one in Ireland.
The company began with one shop in Bury in 1981, and was jointly owned by John Wardle and David Makin. Two years later in 1983, they opened another store in the Arndale Centre in Manchester. This was followed in 1989 with a store opening in Oxford Street, London.
In 1996, JD Sports was listed on the London Stock Exchange, and it is now a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
In 2002, the Company acquired another 200 stores from First Sport, which were part of the Blacks Leisure Group, and three years later they bought another 70 stores from the Administrators of Allsports.
Up until this time, Wardle and Makin had been active members of the board, but in the same year as the Allsport acquisition, they sold their shares in the Company for £44.6 million and resigned from the board completely.
The company is still going from strength to strength, never staying still and turning its interests to the sponsorship of several football clubs including Luton Town and Oldham Athletic.