Performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand Under Armour is investing more than US$100m in a new distribution centre to service its rapidly expanding business.

The 1m sq ft distribution and warehouse facility in Nashville, Tennessee, is set to open in early 2016, and will create 1,500 new jobs in the area over the next five years. It will be Under Armour's third distribution centre in the US, with the original warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland and the other in Rialto, California.

Under Armour operates two Factory House retail destinations in Tennessee, located in Nashville and Sevierville.

Last month, findings from a survey into the popularity of US athletic footwear and apparel brands suggested there has been a huge leap in brand preference and "cool factor" for Under Armour among female consumers.