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West Marine Press Release

TO BETTER SERVE SOUTH COUNTY BOATERS, WEST MARINE DOUBLES THE SIZE OF ITS TRACYS LANDING STORE - Grand Opening Celebration from Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 17 Includes Tips from Experts, Kayak Demos, Door Buster Deals and Prize Giveaways

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (June 27, 2011)
Responding to the needs of South County boaters West Marine, (Nasdaq:WMAR) expanded the size of its Tracys Landing, Maryland store located at 389 Deale Road at the Herrington Harbour North Marina. The newly enlarged West Marine store is now 10,000 square feet with a broad selection of maintenance supplies, electrical and plumbing equipment and a sailing department brimming with hardware to meet the needs of sailors racing in the Chesapeake Bay or cruising on the Eastern Seaboard. In addition, there’s a stylish assortment of boating apparel and footwear designed by boaters for boaters.

This West Marine will have a crew of 20 Associates with more than 200 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience. Store Manager, Cristyn Johnson, is a Maryland native and has over 20 years of sailing experience (along with over five years of power boating and fishing experience) on the Chesapeake Bay. During her down time she enjoys cruising on her 30-foot Catalina sailboat.

West Marine’s Grand Opening festivities include three days of special events beginning Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Activities include fishing seminars, high tech electronic demonstrations, a kayak pool, door buster deals, prize giveaways and free refreshments.

Local marine businesses will be on deck with expert advice including Herrington Harbour Marinas, Free State Yachts, Integrity Yacht Sales, Shiver Me Timbers, Atlantic Spars and Rigging, Duffy Electric Boats, West River Cruises, South County Signs, Osprey Marine Composites, Marine Technical Services and Composite Yachts.

“All of us at the Tracys Landing West Marine are eager to serve our Customers at our newly expanded location,” says Cristyn Johnson. “We designed this Store based on Customer feedback and we hope to have all the products South County boaters need, for a great day on the water,” she adds.

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).