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West Marine Press Release

KENT ISLAND WEST MARINE STORE DOUBLES ITS SIZE TO BETER SERVE LOCAL BOATERS. A Weekend of Free Family–Friendly Events Scheduled for Grand Opening Celebration March 18 – 20th

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (February 2, 2011)
To better serve the needs of Kent Island boaters, West Marine has doubled the size of its store at 2122 DiDinato Drive, Chester, MD in the Red Apple Plaza Shopping Center. The grand opening celebration will include three days of special events starting Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Family friendly activities include kids casting competitions, high tech electronic demonstrations, raffle prizes, special deals and free hot dogs (while supplies last). The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association (MSSA) will be on hand with tips and tricks for fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.

Responding to the needs of Kent Island boaters, the store has been expanded to 12,500 square feet and now includes a huge selection of salt water fishing gear and tackle, specifically selected for the region. There is also a full engine parts department and an increased selection of inflatable boats, motors and kayaks. Product selections throughout the Store have been improved, plus a large selection of technical clothing and foul weather gear, designed by boaters for boaters are now on deck.

The Kent Island West Marine will have a crew of 16 Associates. Store Manager Drew Watts has been a powerboater for over 15 years. He is a native of Annapolis and currently keeps a 24-foot cuddy cabin Wellcraft on the South River.

Other members of Kent Island team include: Michael Bassler who’s a sailing and electronics specialist and Debbie Dilkes-a five year veteran of West Marine with plumbing and electrical expertise. Also on staff will be two fishing experts, Ryan Dutsler and S.P. Sheehan, who can assist customers with any questions about bay and offshore fishing.

“The Kent Island West Marine was designed to meet the needs of the Island boating community,” says Drew Watts. “Our staff consists of diverse group of sailors, boaters and anglers who are eager to meet the needs of Chesapeake area boaters.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 325 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 60,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).