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West Marine Press Release

WEST MARINE HOSTS NEW PRODUCT REVIEW DAY ON JUNE 22, 2012 AT WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA SUPPORT CENTER – Event Invites Innovative Vendors to Pitch New Products to West Marine

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (May 15, 2012)

West Marine, the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced its New Product Review Day on Friday, June 22, 2012.  The event will be held at the Company’s Watsonville, California based Support Center located at 500 Westridge Drive.

West Marine’s New Product Review Day allows prospective inventors and vendors to pitch new products to West Marine Category Managers for consideration and the chance to be sold in West Marine retail stores, and through its other channels of business including the company website westmarine.com, catalogue or via phone at 1-800-BOATING.

“West Marine is continually seeking the latest in high-quality boating, fishing, sailing innovations and gear,” said Ron Japinga, EVP Merchandising for West Marine. “Our New Product Review Day presents a unique opportunity for vendors and inventors to meet personally with West Marine. We always look forward to this event and are eager to see what the inventors have created for our customers.”

To schedule an appointment to attend, or demo product(s) during West Marine’s New Product Review Day, email West Marine directly at vendorinfo@westmarine.com.

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).