JUST before Christmas golf retailer Jim Law was planning how he would spend his spare time after going into semi retirement. Now he’s taken over two new ventures in the space of a month!
The Scotsman, who used to own Chester Golf Centre, announced he was back in business last month when he teamed up with Tony Minshall to run the golf shop at Queens Park Golf Course in Crewe following American Golf’s exit.
This month he’s now taken over the shop at Queens Park’s sister course Malkins Bank, near Sandbach. “It’s all happened very quickly,” said the former Bidston, Sandiway, Hartford, Hawarden, Holywell and Woodside professional.
“I’ll be teaming up with former Helsby pro Matthew Jones who will run the Malkins Bank shop for me. Matt went to work for Major Golf when the Chester store closed but has been out of golf recently working for a catalogue company. He was my manger at the Chester shop so I know how he works. It was important for me to get someone in I know I can trust.
“We’ve also got Davron Hackney working alongside us too so he’ll be a big help at the busy Malkins Bank shop, which was also an American Golf store until recently.
“The plan is to have a specialist ladies section at the Malkins Bank shop. That side of the business has always been popular in the past,” added Law, who played golf alongside Minshall in regional pro events more than 20 years ago.
“Having the two stores gives me the opportunity to buy better and both locations are not too far from my home,” said Law who plans to expand the club fitting side of the business at Malkins Bank.
“I was genuinely contemplating retirement but these opportunities just feel right for me.
“I’ve only been at Queens Park for a month but have got that buzz back from seeing the same faces and building relationships.
“Two stores is going to be hard work but I’ve had as many as five in the past so it’s not something I’m not used to.”