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WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF NEWEST FLAGSHIP STORE LOCATED IN HONOLULU, HAWAII – Hawaii’s Largest Boating Store More than Doubles in Size

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Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (February 13, 2012)

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced the opening of its newest flagship store located at 420 N. Nimitz Highway. The new store will more than double in size, to 25,500 sq ft, from the current Sand Island location that began serving Hawaii and Pacific region customers in 1997.

Honolulu store manager Susan Lynch, said, “We’re very excited to offer our customers the convenience of even more fishing and boat products to better serve them in our remote Hawaiian island location.” She added, “Daily, our skilled Associates share their expertise with boating and fishing customers from across Hawaii and throughout the Pacific basin.” Lynch, who was born in Bermuda and grew up in Hawaii, has been the West Marine store manager for 10 years. She has owned two sailboats and is currently in the market for a powerboat for fishing.

Lynch said, “We invite you to visit our team of Associates who collectively have 697 years of boating, sailing and fishing experience, and have cruised 210,000 nautical miles.” The flagship store will increase its current number of Associates from 24 to 40.

The boating supply and accessory retailer caters to the saltwater fishing, sailing and powerboat communities. The West Marine flagship store will offer Hawaii’s largest inflatable, dingy, and marine electronics sections. A spectacular fishing department caters to the offshore and onshore saltwater fishing anglers, and West Marine has a saltwater fishing expert available to answer its customers’ questions.

“West Marine also carries several selections of local fishing, tackle, lure heads and bait,’ said Lynch.  The flagship store opened to the public on Friday, February 3. Several days of Grand Opening events are planned for March 22 through March 25. The kick-off event, Cruising for A Cause, will be held March 22 from 6-9PM. Cruising for A Cause will support marine-based Hawaii charities.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 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 75,000 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).