SEAN Richardson who has been trading as Phipps Golf for 27 years at Boldon Golf Club is to return to Centurion Park - the home of Wallsend Golf Club - after nearly three decades.
Following a complete overhaul of the premises, the new shop is due to open on December 1st.
Sean said: "We are moving back to Wallsend, that's where we started. Twenty seven years ago we moved from Wallsend to Boldon Golf Club and now we are going to retain Boldon and move back to Wallsend.
"Phipps is a family run business run by myself and my wife Amanda and although I will be primarily based here at Boldon, I will be keeping a close eye on things and I will be across there most evenings.
"Brian Willis has been appointed as the shop manager and has a very good track record. He has been operating as Team Golf on the Team Valley Trading Estate for twelve years but things are getting tough and I approached him to be my manager at Wallsend.
He's now selling up and he's coming to work for us.
"It's a different shop, different set up altogether so we are looking forward to the move and fingers crossed, we should be up and running by the beginning of December.
"We will be stocking the shop with a full range of equipment and accessories. The difference between the two shops is that the stock we have here is current and up to one year old and being phased out whereas, everything we have there will be the latest up to date stock.
"As far as the shop is concerned, I've head-hunted the people that I know are very good, so working with Brian will be Gavin Jobes who is a very good salesman and originally worked for me at Parklands.
"We've also got my niece Emma who is very much high-street orientated and has managed various big named shops. Our intention is to cultivate the ladies section in particular, so Amanda and Emma will be looking after that side of things.
The teaching side of the business is to be run separately and will be provided by PGA Professional Simon MacWhirter.
Although Sean and Simon will be working together, the coaching is independent to the retail side of the operation.
Having qualified in November 1995, Simon worked for five years as a teaching professional at Parklands, Matfen and Ald Wark Golf Clubs before spending two years at David Leadbetter's Golf Academies in Austria, Spain and Florida.
In 2002 he moved back to the UK and returned to Parklands to work with Sean. He then went freelance and between 2004 and 2007 worked as a teaching professional at Swarland, Belford, Wooler and Bamburgh Castle Golf Clubs.
More recently, Simon returned to Parklands where he has been employed as their Junior Development Coach.