JJB Sports plc is the UK's leading sports retailer. JJB was originally formed in 1971 to acquire the business of a single sports store in Wigan. The original store was established by JJ Broughton in the early 1900's and was then bought by JJ Braddock and then JJ Bradburn. As these initials were all the same the business was known locally as JJB's. When David Whelan bought the store from John Bradburn he maintained the JJB name. Trading from four stores in 1976, the store portfolio grew to 120 stores in 1994, at which point the Company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
In 1998, JJB Sports acquired the business of Sports Division, which was JJB's largest competitor at the time. The acquisition made JJB the largest sports retailer in the UK by a significant margin.
Since 1998, the Sports Division business has been fully integrated within the JJB group. JJB now operates from approximately 430 stores in all the major towns and cities of the UK. JJB also has stores in the Republic of Ireland and The Netherlands. JJB's stores are increasingly of a superstore concept, which average 13,000 square feet of selling space and in which full product ranges can be better displayed. – less–ZoomInfo