With no shortage of fan sports stores, David Bowen Sporting Goods is setting itself apart by declaring itself a 'team sporting goods supplier' in northwest Florida and south Alabama. The chain has locations in Florida cities Pace and Pensacola, and Alabama cities Mobile and Montgomery. The first location, in Pace, was opened by David Bowen in 1993 and was competing with two other sporting goods stores. Bowen, however, brought experience to the table after having worked for two other sporting goods companies for nearly two decades prior, carving Bowen's way to success.
"We had more experience than most of our competitors did at that time," Bowen says.
Still, even with almost 20 years of experience under his belt, Bowen never stopped trying to keep the advantage over his competitors. Now, in a growing sporting goods market, he insists the Bowen advantage is in-house screen-printing and embroidery services. By keeping the service internal, Bowen can ensure that quality is met and so are deadlines. With this service, David Bowen Sporting Goods is able to sell not only equipment, but also full uniforms directly to universities, high schools, middle schools and youth league organizations, confirming their status as a team supplier, not a fan superstore.
"What this means is that we sell everything that our customer's will need to compete in actual game conditions and situations," Bowen says. "We sell authentic equipment and apparel for entry level players all the way to college level athletes."
The store caters to high-profile sports like baseball, football and basketball, and more locally operated sports including volleyball, cheerleading, and track and field. Major brands sold at David Bowen Sporting Goods include: Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, Nike, Russell, Rawlings, Wilson, Mizuno, Asics and Majestic.
"Having the right brands at competitive prices is obviously important in today's market, but having an experienced and dedicated staff is what separates us from the competition," Bowen says. "At David Bowen Sporting Goods, we really are 'serious about sports'."