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WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF A NEW, BIGGER STORE IN BRADENTON, FLORIDA - Grand Opening on July 13th – 15th

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laurie Fried
West Marine
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (June 18, 2012)

West Marine announced today the grand opening celebration of its newest location in Bradenton, Florida from Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th. The brand new store will be located at 3622 First Street West in Bradenton (at the corner of Highway 301 & Highway 41) with grand opening events taking place 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Responding to the needs of area boaters and anglers, this West Marine store will be over 13,000 square feet featuring boating, fishing and sailing gear selected specifically for area Customers.  In fact, the Bradenton West Marine will be one of the best equipped stores in the region for fishing gear (especially for saltwater), with an extensive selection of marine electronics to touch and test. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, inflatable boats and outboard motors accompany a full engine parts counter staffed by specialists.  An increased selection of boating supplies, casual and technical apparel, shoes, sunglasses and accessories will be on deck, all designed for your life on the water.

Store Manager Scott Baker has been with West Marine for 10 years. A lifelong boater and recent inshore fisherman, he loves to spend his free time in Tampa Bay. “All of the Associates at the Bradenton West Marine are passionate about boating, fishing and cruising,” says Baker. “We have a top-level crew with a vast amount of marine experience ready to help folks enjoy the waters from the Manatee River to Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico,” Baker adds.

There will be 25 associates at the new West Marine who have over 465 years of combined experience and together have cruised over 31,000 nautical miles. Operations Manager John Waller is a power boater with over 27 years on the water and Sales Manager Jim Withers has been boating for over 30 years and enjoys cruising and saltwater fishing.

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).