Sport and bike retailer is in the running for a major shop at the sought-after location

Decathlon in line for an Olympic Park store

Decathlon has made it to a shortlist of just three in a bid to secure space for a major store on a coveted spot in the Olympic Park, reports the Guardian.

The media and press centres at the Olympic Park will become vacant after the London 2012 games are completed, after which they’ll be developed – possibly for a ‘major Decathlon store’.

The Oxylane-owned retailer is among three shortlisted proposals, making it through from 45 original expressions of interest.

In the proposal, Oxylane and Loughborough University would combine to offer a "leisure, events space, research and education and retail including a major Decathlon store".

"The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is already generating a huge amount of commercial interest and the calibre of our shortlist is testament to that," said Olympic Park Legacy Company chief executive Andrew Altman.

"We have three dynamic bids focused on the creation of thousands of jobs and training opportunities, along with links to Tech City.

"We will now go through their proposals in fine detail to make sure that they can deliver a successful ongoing legacy that will stimulate future commercial interest. Today’s milestone is yet another example of how London is further ahead in legacy planning than any previous host Olympic city."

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