Salomon is extending its design center in Annecy with the purchase of a 1,760-square-meter administrative building adjoining its headquarters in the French alpine city, where it stopped its manufacturing activities many years ago. The management said the investment represents a great opportunity for expansion as it prepares its development plans for the next decade. In recent years, the company recorded a strong increase in its staff. It currently employs nearly 950 people at its design center, and more than 250 of them have been recruited over the past five years. The brand recorded a turnover of €850 million in 2016, double the level of 2009. Several options are still under consideration for the short-term use of the additional space. Salomon said decisions will be taken by the end of November.