- Sock Shop
1983, Sock Shop Limited, is the UK's leading specialist retailer offering a comprehensive selection of socks and hosiery. At the chains peak in the 1980s the Sock Shop had a total of 140 branches with 300 concessions.
Outlets range from airport terminals to high street locations, from train and underground stations to state-of-art shopping malls.
Sock Shop today includes a corporate network in the UK and franchised operations include
Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Lebanon, Jordan, Malta, Kuwaitand Portugal.
Their online store, Sock Shop Online, was launched in late 2004.
In 2005 Sock Shop launched the repeat order system 'Sockscription'.
Sock Shop continue to update their website with a number of brands.
On the 25th January 2006 the Sock Shop went into administration for the third time in its history blaming factors including rents, structural costs and competition as reasons. Prior to administration the Sock Shop had declined from 75 to 13 stores. [http://www.retail-week.com/nav?page=retailweek.news.fashion.detail&resource=4112599 Retail Week Article] .
In February 2006 following administration it was bought by
Osan Ltdwhich is a subsidiary of Ruia Group. [http://www.sockshop.co.uk/customer_services/about_us/news/sock_shop_acquisition/index.html] Today it is primarily an internet retailer but there continues to be franchised operations in Greece, Cyprus and Malta and very few stores across the United Kingdom.
* [http://www.sockshop.co.uk/ Sock Shop Website]
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