Macon speciality golf store to close Saturday

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 17, 2014 

The Edwin Watts Golf shop on Riverside Drive in Macon will close its doors at the end of business Saturday in the wake of the speciality retailer’s bankruptcy.

The Florida-based company sells golf equipment, clothes and accessories.

The retailer, which is owned by private equity investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection in November and announced it would close several of its stores.

As reasons for the closure, it cited increased competition and decreasing interest in the sport since the recession.

The company listed liabilities and assets of about $100 million to $500 million, according to various reports.

Although the store originally was scheduled to close March 1, Macon store manager David Welsh said Friday that he learned last week the store would close at the end of business Saturday.

“We thought it would be open at least through the end of the month,” Welsh said.

The Macon store has four employees, said Welsh, who had worked there a little more than three years.

In November, Sun Capital sold the 91 stores for nearly $41 million.

Some were sold to a golf retailer, and others were sold to a liquidator.

The retail company was founded in the 1960s by Edwin Watts, who was a 22-year-old golf pro in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

After Sun Capital bought the business in 2007, the chain built or bought 39 stores.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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