JJB Sports plc was a British sports retailer.
On 24 September 2012, shares in JJB Sports were suspended and the firm called in administrators.
On 1 October 2012, it was announced that Sports Direct had purchased part of the business including 20 stores, the brand and its website for £28.3 million.
... Whelan acquired Wigan fishing and sports store JJ Bradburns (even though JJB are the initials of previous owner John Jarvis Broughton) in 1977 ... He renamed the company JJB Sports and soon focused purely on sports goods ... By 1980, JJB had become a chain of 7 stores, and went on to expand throughout the 1980s and 1990s ...
... From 1981, the first sponsor to appear on the shirt was JJB Sports ... In 2000 Wigan changed its kit sponsor to JJB Sports owned by Dave Whelan who was also the owner of the club ... JJB Sports remained the main sponsor after Dave Whelan sold the club in late 2007 and JJB Sports earlier in the same year ...
... Centres all over the UK, which became property of DW Sports after Dave Whelan's departure from JJB ... JJB also ran health and fitness centres in the Republic of Ireland, which are now operated by Sports Direct following the liquidation of the company ...
Famous quotes containing the word sports:
“Sweet smiling village, loveliest of the lawn,
Thy sports are fled and all thy charms withdrawn;
Amidst thy bowers the tyrants hand is seen,
And desolation saddens all thy green;
One only master grasps the whole domain,
And half a tillage stints thy smiling plain;”
—Oliver Goldsmith (1730?1774)