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West Marine Press Release

TO BETTER SERVE BOATERS IN THE HOUSATONIC RIVER ESTUARY, WEST MARINE TO OPEN A BIGGER STORE IN STRATFORD, CONNETICUT Grand Opening Celebration, April 8-10 Special Deals, Giveaways and Tips & Tricks from Boating & Fishing Experts

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (March 9, 2011)
West Marine announced the grand opening celebration of a new location in Stratford, Connecticut from Friday, April 8th – April 10th, 2011. Located in The Dock Shopping Center on the Housatonic River between the Devon Bridge and Moses Wheeler Bridge at Interstate 95, the grand opening activities will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Festivities will include a mini boat show, tips and tricks from fishing and electronic experts plus special deals, giveaways and refreshments, while supplies last.

With nearly 13,000 square feet, the store is stocked with a larger selection of specialty boating equipment, supplies and accessories specifically selected to meet the needs of Stratford-area residents. As part of that expanded assortment, the new store will carry even more of the latest marine electronics, saltwater fishing gear and a huge selection of casual and technical apparel designed by boaters and anglers for boaters and anglers.

The crew of 15 Store Associates has more than 220 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience and has cruised over 30,000 nautical miles. Store Manager, Jeff Clark has been with West Marine for two years and is an avid angler, kayaker and sails a small Sunfish in his free time. Clark recently completed a Captain’s course and is currently working towards his Charter Captain’s license. .

"All of us at West Marine are excited about our newest location in Stratford and we’re eager to help out our fellow Coastal Connecticut boaters," says Clark. "We plan to offer top-notch Customer Service and keep our store stocked with all of the products they will need to have a great day on the Housatonic River and the Long Island Sound."

Grand opening events at the new location are scheduled for April 8 – 10, 2011.

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).