Retro sportswear retailer invests in new warehousing facility

Classic Football Shirts, a vintage football shirt retailer, will open a 35,000 sq ft headquarters and warehouse in Hyde in Greater Manchester to support its growth.

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The move comes after securing a £2.5 million funding package from Lloyds Commercial Banking.

Due to open in early 2020, the new facilities will include 6,000 sq ft offices and a warehouse to store an inventory of over 500,000 retro football shirts.

The retro sportswear proposition has worked well for Classic Football Shirts, which generated £10 million in sales last year.

The business was founded by final-year university students Matthew Dale and Doug Bierton in 2006 and currently operates stores in Manchester and London.

Matthew Dale, co-founder of Classic Football Shirts, said: “The growth we’ve enjoyed in the last decade has been phenomenal and something we couldn’t have envisaged when we bought and sold our first shirt. To support the massive amounts of stock that fuel our international e-commerce business, we doubled the capacity of our current warehouse in 2014 but this move will give us much greater headroom for further growth.”

Being the partner of choice for the world’s top football clubs and kit manufacturers, Classic Football Shirts is now also looking at diversifying its product range with further categories.

The company’s partner brands and clubs include Juventus, AC Milan and Adidas.

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