Sunderland’s retail offer is to receive a boost – thanks to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley/
The city’s former BHS store is set to reopen in January under Mr Ashley’s Sports Direct umbrella.
Sports Direct and USC posters have gone up in the windows of the vacant building in High Street West, following the closure of BHS in August.
Founded in 1982, Sports Direct International plc is today the UK’s largest sporting goods retailer, and owns a number of brands, including USC.
The fashion retailer currently has a branch in The Bridges, sporting ‘closing-down sale’ signs.
A Sports Direct spokesman said: “The store is due to open at the end of January.”
BHS had more than 100 stores and employed thousands of people and collapsed in April, now operating online only.
Sir Philip Green owned BHS for 15 years before selling it to serial bankrupt Dominic Chappell for £1 in 2015.
MPs this week voted in favour of him being stripped of his knighthood.