French sportswear marketing company. Sport Fashion Distribution (SFD-UK) has taken 3,796 sq ft at Richmond House in Manchester city centre. SFD-UK is the latest subdivision of Sport Finance International’s (Sport Finance) expansion programme across Europe.
The 16,000 sq ft Richmond House on Bloom Street also includes tenants The Aidis Trust, Richmond House Tea Rooms and Eagle Bar. This deal leaves 4,245 sq ft available.
With headquarters in Nantes, France, Sport Finance is a distributor and licensee of brands such as Kappa sportswear. The company operates across many key markets in Europe, with offices, similar to that of the UK, in Switzerland and Madrid with future target markets planned.
Speaking about the decision to move to Richmond House, Mark Ward of SFD-UK said: “We viewed many properties around Manchester but as soon as we came to Richmond House we knew we had found the perfect location for our company. We have invested significantly on the design of the office and showrooms with our customers being extremely impressed when they visit!”
Michael Quinlan of Norgate Properties said: “When the space became available last year, we carried out refurbishment works to the offices and common areas, including splitting floors to create a wider range of suite sizes. This has been an extremely popular property since we acquired it in 2010 and we look forward to welcoming SFD-UK when they take occupation later this month.”
John Nash of Manchester office agents Canning O’Neill, said: “This letting demonstrates that character space remains popular with occupiers and the inward investment is a good sign of there being the right talent in the North West. The remaining space includes the stunning second floor suite with polished original wooden floors, exposed beams and large windows – a real gem for any organisation looking for space with charm.