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WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF FLAGSHIP STORE IN WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS Flagship Store for Boston-Area Boaters Kicks Off With “Cruising for a Cause” in Support of Local Charities April 28, 2011

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (March 14, 2011)
West Marine announced today the grand opening of its first Massachusetts flagship store in Woburn, MA. A weekend of special events planned for Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2011. The location of this West Marine is 299 Mishawum Road in Woburn (across the street from the Woburn Mall) at the intersection of Interstate 93 & 95 with the celebration starting off from 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday evening with the “Cruising for a Cause” charity event to support local marine-based non-profits. There will also be special in-store events all weekend long at the Woburn West Marine on Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am -8:00 pm and on Sunday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

This brand-new store is over 23,000 square feet and created to serve both the needs of local residents and those travelling through to enjoy the lakes of New Hampshire all the way up to the coast of Maine. In doing so, this West Marine will have a large selection of fishing and sailing gear plus an extensive selection of marine electronics, boating supplies and casual and technical apparel designed by boaters for boaters.

Store Manager, Barbara Miele (raised in Arlington, MA) has been with West Marine for thirteen years and is an intrepid power boater who grew up on wooden boats and lives in nearby Burlington with her husband. Miele was recently named Secretary of the Winter Hill Yacht Club and has been a Material Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for ten years.

The crew of 15 Associates has more than 220 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience and has cruised over 30,000 nautical miles. In addition to having top fishing and sailing experts on staff there will be a Port Supply Hub at this location run by Hub Manager Christina Greco who has been with West Marine for ten years.

"The entire staff of the Woburn West Marine is eager to serve the needs of boaters and anglers from Boston up to the New Hampshire and Maine coastlines," says store manager Barbara Miele. "We are passionate about the incredible region we live in and will ensure the Woburn Store is stocked with the best marine gear available to help our local customers as well as those passing through who love nothing more than a great day on the water,” she adds.

Among the local charities who will benefit from the “Cruising for a Cause” event (April 28, 2011) are Courageous Sailing, Piers Park Sailing Center, The Fishing Academy, New England Disabled Sports and Cape Able Adventures.

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).