JD Sports Fashion plc, more commonly known as just JD, (LSE: JD.) is a sports-fashion retail company based in Bury, Greater Manchester, England with shops throughout the United Kingdom and with one in Ireland.
It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
The company was founded by John Wardle and David Makin in 1981 trading from a single shop in Bury.
In 1983 the Company opened a store in the Arndale Centre in Manchester. It opened its first store in Oxford Street in London in 1989 and was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996.
In 2002 it acquired nearly 200 further stores with the acquisition of First Sport from Blacks Leisure Group and in 2005 it bought 70 stores from the Administrators of Allsports.
In May 2005, Pentland Group bought Wardle's and Makin's shares for £44.6m; the pair later resigned from the board.
In December 2007 the company bought out Bank Stores, which sells fashion clothing such as Firetrap, Henleys and Adidas Originals among others, for around £19 million.
In June and July 2008 JD Sports announced sponsorship deals with AFC Bournemouth, Charlton Athletic, Dundee United, Blackpool F.C, Luton Town and Oldham Athletic; these sponsorship deals allow certain clubs to use the Carbrini brand.