USC (clothing retailer)
|Founder(s)||Angus Morrison and David Douglas|
|Number of locations||40|
USC is a retail store that sells branded clothing across the United Kingdom. The first USC store opened in 1989 in Edinburgh and specialised in sports clothing. USC used to stand for United Sports Corporation (however this is no longer the case) and was founded by Angus Morrison and David Douglas. The company has expanded to 40 locations since.
USC is now part of the Sports Direct group owned by Mike Ashley after it was purchased in 2011.
It was announced on 29 December 2008 that the company had gone into administration. 15 of the group's 58 shops across the UK are affected. The remaining will be bought up by Dundonald Holdings Ltd, another vehicle of Sir Tom Hunter in a pre-packaged administration agreement.
It was widely reported that only 15 stores were to close its doors and that Sir Tom hunter was saving all but 300 members of staff's jobs, however, 29 stores in total shut, with over 500 members of staff losing their jobs including those at head office.
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.
- Hunter steps in to snap up clothing chain USC in GBP 45m deal
- About USC
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- Thompson, James (2008-12-29). "USC set to enter administration". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
- "Fashion chain jobs under threat". BBC News Online (BBC). 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-12-31.