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Matalan was founded in 1985 by John Hargreaves to compete in the UK value sector and appeal to families on a budget. It was the 7th largest clothing retailer in the UK by volume market share in 2016 (Kantar). Almost all its sales are own label. It competes in 4 segments: womenswear, kidswear, menswear and homeware. Matalan tends to operate in smaller retail parks in out-of-town centre locations. It has 221 outlets which average some 30,000 sq. ft. Matalan has an extensive customer directory and store card programme. Matalan has a seasonal profile performing well in late spring and early summer and over Christmas. eCommerce is not yet significant enough to be reported separately. Matalan has embarked upon various strategic plans to optimize use of its capacity. In FY16, it closed 8 stores and took related write-offs for SportingPro, a short-lived attempt to penetrate the sporting segment. The current focus is Matalan Direct, a homeware. Its first physical store opened in Yorkshire in 2016. Further investment in the venture is anticipated. Homeware is now 15% of total sales. (16 Nov 2017)

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