Are all the Sweatshop stores closing?
11:51am, 21 Jun 2017
CeratoniaSeems odd to buy the chain only to then close it? They only became majority shareholder 2 or 3 years ago.
11:59am, 21 Jun 2017
Too Much WaterMy understanding is a lot of premium brands were reluctant to be carried in SD stores as its a downmarket shop. If you're a premium brand you don't want to be sold in a chav shop!
SD solution has been to buy the brand or in Sweatshops case buy the main running retail competitor to try and force the brand to do business with you
12:31pm, 3 Jul 2018
MIKEI have heard that the reason Sports Direct have closed most of them now is because most Sweatshops are in rented properties and SD prefer to own them. Sports Direct started buying into Sweatshop around 2008/9 and were actually listed as the parent company since then. After some initial cash injection they seem to have cooled on Sweatshop, possibly because of their relatively high operating costs.
11:55am, 15 Jul 2018
Jono.Sports direct is okay for some kit - very limited choice of shoes. You get what you pay for.
2:06pm, 15 Jul 2018
57.5 Degrees of PainThe Managing Director jumped to parkrun so he probably saw where the benevolent leadership of SD was leading. We never had a Sweatshop in northern Scotland, and I remember the Glasgow one as being pretty hard to get to.
Long live Run4It who still give us a full service running store chain in Scotland.
2:12pm, 15 Jul 2018
ChrisullInteresting first post MIKE, welcome to Fetch. I'd imagine Sweatshop as a more premium outlet for SD and an attempt to see if they could also own the top end and in the current economic climate it just isn't working.
2:24pm, 15 Jul 2018
Night-owlThat's interesting Mike. Take Lakeside shopping centre SD are closing the shop there (rented) and moving out to the retail park not sure if its rent or buy but I expect the later
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