LAS VEGAS - A high profile corner in Chandler will see big changes soon with Arizona’s first ever PGA Tour Superstore, and possibly a new Super Target.
Officials with the city and the land developer said PGA Tour Superstores, an Atlantabased retailer of golfing supplies operating in only three other markets, will open a 56,000 square-foot golfing supply store in the Chandler Mercado Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Warner Road.
The store, which will anchor the center, will occupy only part of the old Kmart store, which has sat vacant for about five years. Across the street on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Warner Road, the owner of the old East Valley Mall is planning to refurbish its property, sources familiar with the plans said. If redevelopment occurs there, Target may upgrade its property and open a Super Target at the location.
Target officials and the center’s owner could not be reached for comment.
Chandler Mercado’s owner is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation of the center with assistance from the city of Chandler, said Harry Paxton, an economic development specialist with Chandler.
Aric Brown, a partner with Ethan Christopher Arizona that’s heading the redevelopment of Chandler Mercado, said PGA Tour Superstores plans to open the store in the fourth quarter of this year.
The center, which has several pads, will have other retail shops that will share the old K-mart site.
City officials said PGA stores are known for drawing up to 200,000 customers a year and that it will be a major regional draw. Paxton said it’s a major win for the city.
“It’s one of the busiest intersections in the city,” he said. “It’s very high profile.”
PGA Tour Superstores are owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, which is the PGA Tour’s exclusive partner for golf retailing.
The company operates in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Atlanta, and Dallas metro areas.
Grady Stewart, vice president of retail operations with the company, said the store will have a full line of mens’ and womens’ apparel and supplies with 20 vendors represented, eight golf simulators, a sand trap area, a home décor section with furniture, artwork and memorabilia, a full size indoor tennis court for tennis classes, club repair services, and golf clinics staff by six to eight PGA professionals.
“It’s a Bass Pro (Shop) for the golf and tennis player,” he said