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Dale’s Winning Edge to close

Dale Robbins’ 17-hour days, seven days a week — focused on building, then remaining, one of Tennessee’s top golf shops — are coming to an end after a quarter century of award-winning service to Knox area customers.

“I’ve probably lived here more than my home,” said Robbins, a Farragut resident since 1975 and owner of Dale’s Winning Edge, which is closing its doors when sales from 10 to 90 percent off all golf merchandise and store fixtures is complete.

“Basically, if they didn’t see Dale’s silver [Chevrolet] Suburban sitting our in the parking lot they didn’t stop,” Robbins added.

Nationwide, “We were a Top-100 Golf Shop by Golf Digest for 15 straight years,” Robbins said about the business he built, formerly known as Nevada Bob’s until the mid-1990s, when Robbins moved to his current location at 9145 Cross Park Drive.

“It’s been great to be part of the corporate scene here in the Greater Knoxville, East Tennessee area,” Robbins said.

A former commercial lender who loved the game of golf, “I wanted to own my own business,” Robbins said. “It was a growing sport. ... There was a lot of technology that was driving it. People were wanting to buy the technology.”

Dale’s high level of success also came from “our service, our merchandising mix,” he said. “We made a big leap when we moved over here to this building to probably have one of the premier stores in the United States from a design standpoint.”

Robbins, 61, said his wife, Jill, a schoolteacher, “has been great supporter of the business and helps me when she can.”

Robbins said recent sales reflected reduced play, as the typical avid golfer has gone from playing 28 to 34 rounds per year in the early 2000s to just eight now.

Also, “The consumer, he opted more and more [to shop] online.”


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