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West Marine Press Release

FUN FACTS ABOUT WEST MARINE’S OLD SAYBROOK FLAGSHIP STORE

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Derek Beere
Mason, Inc.
831.761.6944
dbeere@mason23.com

Laurie Fried
West Marine
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

OLD SAYBROOK, CT (April 10, 2012)

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories is opening its newest flagship store at 1667 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

FUN FACTS AND FIGURES

  • It’s the Biggest West Marine in Connecticut This brand-new Flagship Store is 25,000 square feet and was created to serve both the needs of local residents and those travelling through to enjoy the Connecticut Shoreline, rivers and lakes.
  • You Want It…We’ve Got It – West Marine surveyed Connecticut-area boaters and built the Old Saybrook Store with their feedback in mind.
    • Nearly 20,000 products in the Store
    • Biggest selection of marine electronics in the state! Over 155 high-tech electronics on display to touch and test.
    • Fishing Shack featuring a huge salt water fishing assortment
    • One of the largest engine and boating parts assortments in the company, staffed by specialists
    • Kayak, Boats & Motor Shop, plus an expanded watersports selection including Stand-Up paddle boards
    • Huge “For-the-Boater” selection of clothing and accessories designed by boaters and anglers, for boaters and anglers. Featuring technical and casual apparel, footwear and accessories.
  • Port Supply for Boating Businesses – The Old Saybrook West Marine Store will be a regional hub for Port Supply, the wholesale business which supports marine businesses. With timely delivery of a broad selection of marine accessories and products at attractive pricing, Port Supply keeps Connecticut-area boating businesses cruising.

All Star Team

  • West Marine’s Old Saybrook Associates collectively enjoy more than 740 years of boating, fishing and sailing
  • The Old Saybrook crew has explored over 160,000 nautical miles

West Marine by the Numbers

  • West Marine has over 310 Stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and three franchised stores in Turkey.
  • This new Old Saybrook Store will employ over 40 Associates
  • West Marine employs over 4,000 Associates

Giving Back

West Marine has donated over $4,776,900 to non-profit organizations that support boating and the marine environment. West Marine will hold a Cruising for a Cause Charity Event on April 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Old Saybrook Store. Attendees will enjoy music from Outtakes, food, beverages, raffle items and giveaways and a live and silent auction including chartered fishing trips and a Raymarine e7. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds are donated to the following charities: Mystic Seaport, Sea-Legs, Inc., the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the Pettipaug Yacht Club Sailing Academy, Leukemia Cup Regatta and the Maritime Education Network.

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).