Since there’s a whole lot of talk about golf in the East Valley this week, this seems like a good time to mention what one industry magazine says are the best places to buy gear.
Not only is Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon a good place for the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, but also the pro shop ain’t too shabby either.
Golf World Business recently rated the club’s golf shop among the top 100 of alltime in the United States.
The magazine says it has evaluated golf shop operations across the country since 1986, recognizing those that elevate the standard in the golf-retail industry.
Every year, 25 shops are chosen from each of four categories — best off-course shops, best private shops, best public shops and best resort shops.
Those in the know look at the quality of merchandise, sales, initiatives and promotions before deciding who should be on the list.
Decisive factors include total sales, sales per square foot, sales per round, profit margins, shop layout, selection, displays and service.
Besides Superstition Mountain, other East Valley stores on the list in 2005 were
Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, the PGA Tour Shop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and a gaggle of shops in Scottsdale, including Troon North Golf Club, TPC of Scottsdale, Talking Stick Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club, Hot Stix Golf, Grayhawk Golf Club and the Golf Club at Desert Mountain.
Bill Gates be damned in this place.
Tempe’s RedSeven Computers says it is about to become the first retail computer store in the United States to exclusively sell personal computers equipped with the Linux operating system.
On April 1, the store says, it will transition completely from the Windows operating system to Linux.
"For years, Windows users have been bringing their computers into our shop corrupted by a variety of viruses and spyware," said Michael Cady,
"We fix their systems and give them the tools they need to maintain them, but it’s just a matter of time before they’re back with the very same problems. Linux will allow our customers to spend more time using their computers and less time fixing them."
An industrial complex is slated for 15 acres on the southeast corner of Warner Road and Delaware Street in Chandler. ViaWest Properties says a first phase on west side of the property will include six buildings ranging from 13,000 to 20,000 square feet.
Also, joint venture partners Ryan Companies and Citigroup has sold Chandler Freeways Business Park, a 170,647-square-foot, two-story office building for $21.1 million.
The property was bought by the Landwin Group, a private investor based in Encino, Calif.
A survey by the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies shows Harley-Davidson riders make good billboards for the motorcyclemaker.
Progressive found Harley riders are three times more likely than those who ride Suzukis, Yamahas or other bikes to own clothing or artwork that displays the brand of motorcycle they ride.