A national golf equipment retailer has set its sights on the Nashville market in 2012. Golfsmith International Holdings says Middle Tennessee is one of the 10 markets into which it will expand this year. (Chattanooga is another, which will give the company three stores in Tennessee.) A spokeswoman said the company has signed a lease to fill the former Borders location on Franklin Road in Brentwood and will open the doors to its new store in March. The space encompasses about 24,000 square feet.
Austin-based Golfsmith (Ticker: GOLF) runs almost 80 locations in more than 20 states from coast to coast, including one in Memphis. Its typical store takes up about 20,000 square feet, although some are three times as large, and rang up average 2010 sales of about $3.9 million. Through the first nine months of 2011, the company earned $6.5 million on sales of $313 million.