USC (clothing retailer)
|Founder||Angus Morrison and David Douglas|
Number of locations
The first USC store opened in 1989 in Edinburgh and specialised in sports clothing. USC originally stood for 'United Sports Corporation' and was founded by Angus Morrison and David Douglas.
The company entered into administration on 29 December 2008, and 15 stores were closed. The remaining 43 stores were bought in a pre-packaged deal by Dundonald Holdings Ltd, also owned by Sir Tom Hunter.
In July 2011, Tom Hunter sold 80% of USC to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct chain. In early 2012, Sports Direct bought the remaining 20% and now fully own the business. USC's Head Office still remains in Dundonald, Ayrshire.
On Thursday 8th January 2015, City_A.M. reported that Mike Ashley was preparing to place USC into administration, after filing a notice of the intention to appoint receivers at the High Court on Wednesday 7th January 2015. It was further reported by City_A.M. that Duff & Phelps will act as the administrators. On the morning of Wednesday 7th January 2015, dozens of staff at the USC warehouse in Dundonald Ayrshire were given their notice of redundancy. Staff reported that trucks from Sports Direct arrived at the warehouse to take goods to Shirebrook, Nottingham
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