CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods announced Wednesday that it will permanently close its doors on March 15th.
“With the pandemic and all, it’s been a long year last year,” said manager Ronnie Page. “My mother Sue (Page) is the owner and is retiring. My son has decided that he doesn’t want to just devote himself to retail. … I’ve been doing this for about 40 years now and I’m just a little tired. ”
How it all started
The local sports business has been a staple of the Clarksville community for more than 40 years since Eddie Page and Robert Taylor decided to give back to the city through a shared passion for the sport.
“My father Eddie (Page) worked for Jack Saunders Oldsmobile and Cadillac, which later became Brandon-Groves Oldsmobile and Cadillac,” said Ronnie. “He worked for this company as a parts manager and has always been a sports enthusiast. He found out that Coach Charlie Quarles wanted to sell what was then called the Athletic House by Red’s Bakery on Riverside.
“My father and Robert Taylor, who was vice president of Northern Bank in Clarksville, partnered in January 1977. Then we moved to the location further on the riverside and took on a few other partners for a while. After a few years, all three decided to sell to my father so that he could be the sole owner. ”
In February 2016, after 38 years near downtown, the sites moved towards Sango.
“Just downsize,” said Ronnie of the move. “The building on the riverside was probably bigger than we needed. Then we moved here and tried to do a little more retail business. “
Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods is a headquarters and specialty store that helps teams, schools, businesses, and churches customize clothing, uniforms, trophies, plaques, and monograms.
“Youth sports in Clarksville and Montgomery Counties,” Ronnie said of what he hopes the business will be most memorable. “We have made many friends and good relationships over the years.”
A family business
Many customers and former employees have used social media to share their memories of the corner shop.
“Thanks for the last minute orders and great customer service,” said Charles Clark, Clarksville Academy’s girls’ basketball coach, in a Facebook post. “Always good just to stop by and get to know the local sports scene. More importantly, thank you for the support you have given me over the years. Sorry to see you go. ”
According to Ronnie, he and his family are forever grateful that they could play such a special role in others’ lives.
“It’s always been a family business,” said Ronnie. “I have an older brother and sister who both worked here when they were younger before moving on to other careers. I was just here and I’ve been here a long time.
“I just appreciate the support all of us in the local community have given over the years,” said Ronnie. “We’ll miss that, but we’ll go ahead and try to figure out what to do next.”