USC (clothing retailer)

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Type Limited company
Industry Retail
Founded 1989 (Edinburgh)
Founders Angus Morrison and David Douglas
Headquarters United Kingdom
Number of locations 92
Area served UK
Products Clothing
Owners Sports Direct

USC is a clothing retailer that sells branded clothing across the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1989 in Edinburgh and has been owned by Sports Direct since 2011.


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.[1]

USC was purchased for £43 million by Sir Tom Hunter in 2004.[2]

The company entered into administration on 29 December 2008,[3][4] 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.[5]

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.

Sports Direct purchased Republic out of administration in 2013 and merged the business with USC.[6][7]


  1. ^ Hunter steps in to snap up clothing chain USC in GBP 45m deal
  2. ^ "Fashion chain jobs under threat". BBC News. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Jobs under threat after USC deal". BBC News. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Thompson, James (29 December 2008). "USC set to enter administration". The Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Sibun, Jonathan (30 December 2008). "USC in administration: Sir Tom Hunter buys 43 stores". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Goldfingle, Jemma (18 July 2013). "Republic and USC to merge and brands decide which name stays, says Sports Direct boss Dave Forsey". Retail Week. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "We've joined forces". USC. 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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