Skechers to Acquire Scandinavia Distributor
Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire its existing Scandinavian distributor, Sports Connection Holding ApS.
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Skechers is acquiring its third-party Scandinavia distributor and its 58 stores to expand the brand’s reach in Europe. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Sports Connection business comprises 58 existing Skechers retail locations, several e-commerce solutions as well as over 1,600 wholesale customers. It will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Skechers, primarily responsible for driving the brand’s continued growth in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
“With the planned acquisition of our long-serving and successful distributor in Scandinavia, we are welcoming the Sports Connection team more closely into the Skechers family,” said David Weinberg, chief operating officer of Skechers USA, Inc. “We are looking forward to further broadening our reach in Europe by combining the team’s local expertise with our worldwide capabilities and financial resources.”
“We have a long history of partnership with Skechers,” said Peter Jørgensen, CEO of Sports Connection, which was founded in 1994 and has been Skechers’ exclusive distributor in the Nordics since 2005; Jørgensen will now serve as country manager for Skechers in all Nordic countries. “We are proud of the progress we have made growing the Skechers brand as a distributor partner. We have built the infrastructure to support our vast direct-to-consumer and wholesale presence across the Nordics, and this new structure will allow us to leverage our efforts for additional growth in the future. We innately understand how the brand delivers its dynamic collection of styles and signature comfort technologies for every age and activity.”
Skechers will continue to conduct business at the former Sports Connection offices and showrooms in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark where its Nordic headquarters are located in Esbjerg.
About Skechers USA, Inc.
Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX) is The Comfort Technology Company™ based in Southern California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and over 4,500 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on YouTube and on Instagram in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
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