As young fashion chain Republic becomes the latest retailer to be snapped up by Sports Direct, Drapers takes a look back at the sportswear business’s past purchases.
July 2008 - Sports Direct acquires Goldigga, beating off stiff competition from suppliers as well as the brand’s founder, Aaron Thalman, to rescue the teen fashion brand from impending administration.
June 2010 - Skiwear brand Nevica joins Sports Direct’s extensive list of stocked brands as owner, Paul Goldstein, sells its worldwide rights to Mike Ashley.
August 2011 - Sports Direct acquires US extreme sportswear brand No Fear after a six-month bankruptcy battle with American courts.
March 2012 - Fashion brands, Firetrap and Full Circle, are rescued from administration as Sports Direct expands its recently created Premium Lifestyle division.
October 2012 - Sports Direct is rumoured to be the favourite to take over DKNY’s menswear licence after the luxury brand terminates its contract with Indian textile manufacturer, S Kumars Nationwide (SKNL).
February 2013 – The sportswear giant snaps up the majority of young fashion retailer Republic out of administration. In total it buys 116 Republic stores, all of the stock and Republic’s website and own brands including SoulCal, Fabric and Crafted.