A brand new PGA Golf Superstore will open in Lady Lake. The site of the recently failed experiment Earth Fare will soon become a brand new PGA Golf Superstore. Of course permitting still needs to be approved but the new location has many people excited to see this facility get some use. The property has been built for about 3 or 4 years now but has only been occupied for 1 year. The former Earth Fare Lady Lake location opened to much fanfare in 2021 but the building did not even last 1 year before shuttering its doors and closing permanently last year.
(Although the store appeared very nice, this is how Earth Fare usually looked on any given day. Hopefully the new business can capitalize on this growing area of Lady Lake and market the business successfully.)
The PGA tour recently merged with the LIV tour. This massive deal will bring back players to the tour like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau back to the tour. With it will come their line of apparel they wear. As we all know golf is massive in this section of Florida. Particularly in The Villages where there are countless Championship Courses and tons of Executive Courses. But the surrounding areas of Clermont, Leesburg, Wildwood, Mount Dora and Tavares also provide for some excellent golf opportunities.
This store will look to capitalize on this market. There are a few golf stores around the area but there is no superstore devoted to PGA Tour type equipment. This should be a welcomed business to our are. Skechers just opened across the way and has had massive success so far with full parking lots almost daily. However Skechers is golf car accessible. What remains to be seen is how this location will survive when this is not the case.
The inside of Earth Fare on closing day was a mess. Everything of value has been stripped in the building. Everything in this photo is gone. The floor will be the only thing noticeably the same in the new PGA Superstore most likely.)
This location is located right off 441 but is not accessible to golf car traffic. Earth Fare lost a good chunk of business not being golf car accessible. But will this store encounter the same fate? Here is the good news. The PGA tour seems to be in a lot better shape than Earth Fare. The organic food market is a tough sell and Earth Fare fell victim to not only Covid but a bankruptcy and poor management that ultimately doomed this location. The only bad news for this location is that it’s still unproven and we can only hope this business the best of success with this location. Better marketing and promotion also goes a long way. The PGA Tour is good at that.
Fortunately a new entity has decided to take a chance on this area. We welcome the PGA Tour Superstore with open arms in our community. Any business is good business especially with a store of this size! With the 441 project now beginning to enter the 3rd and hopefully the final phase of construction in the coming months, the business will be much more accessible and user friendly to those traveling the 441 route. C25 will also reopen at some point making access even easier when the at grade intersection opens up.
Hopefully the PGA Tour Superstore will have a long life ahead of it. We are still uncertain as to many details of its opening and construction but if this truly happens we can only wish them the best success. Many have been calling for a Trader Joes in this area but those plans appear to have not happened. With Hobby Lobby opening on the other side of The Villages it’s just a matter of time until a Trader Joes likely pops up somewhere. However patrons in the area will have to wait.