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West Marine Press Release

WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS NEWEST FLAGSHIP STORE IN NORTH PALM BEACH, FLORIDA Grand Opening Events Take Place from Thursday, June 9th – Sunday, June 12th “Casting for a Cause” on June 9th to Benefit Local Marine Charities

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (May 19, 2011)
West Marine announced today the grand opening of its North Palm Beach, Florida store which will include four days’ worth of special events from Thursday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th. The location of this West Marine will be at 11241 US Highway 1 just south of the PGA Boulevard with the grand opening events taking place from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday.

This brand new store will be the largest in the region at over 26,000 square feet with an extensive stock of maintenance supplies, fishing gear, trailer accessories, and sailboat hardware to serve the unique needs of North Palm Beach-area residents. This West Marine will have a crew of 40 Associates with more than 300 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience and over 65,000 combined miles of cruising.

Store Manager Damon Wilson started his career at West Marine 17 years ago while in high school as a part time Associate.  Wilson is an active boater and angler and his family currently owns several boats. He frequently fishes the Florida Keys and the Bahamas and has spent months cruising in the Caribbean aboard a 50’ sailboat.

“This West Marine location will uniquely serve the needs of a region which is frequently termed the ‘Sport Fishing Capital of the World,’ ” offers Damon Wilson. “All of us at the North Palm Beach store are determined to provide the best in offshore fishing, cruising and large boating to those who enjoy the waters off the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Stream,” he adds.

Grand opening events include a “Casting for a Cause” charity night to be held on Thursday, June 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the store. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following local charities; Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Snook Foundation, Lagoonkeepers, Teen Anglers and the Marine Industry Education Foundation. All of the proceeds will directly support these local charities. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment, plus a live and silent auction.

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).