A Roanoke store selling golf clubs and accessories will close this summer so the store’s owner can retire.
Golf Mart, located at the Williamson Road Plaza, will close when its inventory is sold, said Sharon Agee, whose husband, Randy Agee, runs the store.
Randy Agee has owned several golf stores in the past 25 years, including locations in Lynchburg and in southwest Roanoke County. He closed those stores when business slowed because of the recession. Customers from Lynchburg have been traveling to Roanoke to shop at Golf Mart, which opened in 2000, Sharon Agee said.
“It’s going to leave a big void in the golf community,” she said.
Golf Mart customers relied on Agee to perform a swing analysis using a computer. The results of the analysis helped customers find the right club.
Golf Mart also repaired bent or broken clubs.
The Agees didn’t try advertising the business to find a buyer because it seemed like a hassle, Sharon Agee said, but if someone made an offer they’d consider selling the store.
Randy Agee opened the stores “for the love of the game,” his wife said, but the retail business hasn’t left much time for him to play. He is looking forward to hitting the greens when the store closes, she said.
Also in the column, First Citizens Bank has purchased an acre of property at Crossroads Mall in Roanoke, and the owner of Mad Dog, a Blacksburg clothing and home decor store, has decided to keep the store open after announcing she would close.