Footasylum trades online and from 59 high street stores across the UK, selling sports and fashion footwear and branded leisurewear. It was established in 2005 by JD Sports co-founders John Wardle, 72, and David Makin, 53. New stores helped lift sales by 33% to £147m this year. The group, based in Rochdale, is led by Makin’s daughter Clare Nesbitt, 29, who is chief executive. The Makin and Wardle families are reported to have put a significant minority stake up for sale, valuing the business at more than £100m.
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