The Officers Club

Officers Club was a chain of men and boys fashion stores based and operated in the United Kingdom. Its stores were mainly located in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with fewer in England where its parent retailer Blue Inc was predominant.

Officers Club
TypeLimited company
IndustryRetail
Founded1990s (Sunderland)
HeadquartersLondon, E17
United Kingdom
Area served
United Kingdom
ProductsMen's Clothing
Men's Footwear
Men's Accessories
OwnerMarlow Retail Limited
ParentBlue Inc
Websitewww.officersclub.com

ProductsEdit

Officers Club sells fashionable clothing for men and boys. It stocks products under its own Officers Club and Twisted Soul brands but also sells other branded clothing such as American Freshman, Crosshatch and Mossimo.

HistoryEdit

 
Officers Club, Keighley

The business was founded in the 1990s in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, and latterly had its headquarters in Cramlington, Northumberland. There were over 190 stores across the country during the business's peak. Following a number of acquisitions it became one of the biggest retail companies in the UK with flagship stores in London's Oxford Street, Cardiff, Scotland and north-east England.[1] The company also sources clothes from Asia.

Until 2004, the company ran a "70% off everything" promotion within its Officers Club branded stores. The promotion ceased after successful legal action by the Office of Fair Trading which had issued proceedings against the company in June 2002; there was evidence to suggest the supposed "original price" of garments was not genuine.[2]

Door to Door Clothing Ltd.Edit

Brands such as Officers Club, Twisted Soul, Crosshatch and Mossimo are found at Door to Door. They fell into administration twice in 10 years and they sold to other companies twice. JJB Sports owned it from 1998 to 2009 when Door to Door closed down.

AdministrationEdit

2008 administrationEdit

In December 2008 the company entered administration, and on 23 December The Officers Club's administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers decided to close 32 of the 150 stores immediately. PricewaterhouseCoopers also announced that 118 stores had been sold to TimeC 1215 limited for an undisclosed fee. TimeC 1215 was backed by David Charlton, the then CEO of The Officers Club business. This deal saved around 900 jobs.[3]

2011 administration and saleEdit

In 2011 the Officers Club had just more than 100 stores, with total of around 800 staff employed across the business. On 29 March 2011 the company entered administration again. As part of this process 47 stores were sold to rival menswear retailer Blue Inc, with staff at these stores retaining their jobs. The Officers Club brand name was also purchased and retained by the Blue Inc business.[4]

2016 administrationEdit

On 7 Jan 2016, parent company Blue Inc again brought in administrators to troubled Officers Club, itself owned and operated by subsidiary business "A. Levy and Sons" whom also own leases to Blue Inc's stores; there were to be around 50 affected stores.[5]

On 21 Jan 2016 a number of Officers Club stores were closed with administration notices displayed, the majority remained open.[citation needed]

2018 administrationEdit

On 10 December 2018 Officers Club & Blue Inc went into administration again.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Power, Helen (24 December 2008). "Zavvi goes under". The Times. London. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Retailer gives court undertakings following OFT action" (Press release). Office of Fair Trading. 3 August 2005. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Officers Club deal saves 900 jobs". BBC News Online. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Subscribe to read | Financial Times". www.ft.com. Retrieved 29 January 2020. Cite uses generic title (help)
  5. ^ "Hundreds of jobs at risk as fashion firm lines up administrators for subsidiary". The Guardian. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ Hill, Jessica. "Menswear retailer closes down its three remaining stores in Suffolk and Norfolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 29 January 2020.

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