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West Marine Hosts New Product Review Day on March 8, 2013 at Watsonville, California Support Center - Event Invites Innovative Vendors to Pitch New Products to West Marine

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

Watsonville, CA (January 30, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced its New Product Review Day on Friday, March 8, 2013. 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 westmarine.com.

“West Marine is eager to meet innovators of new boating, fishing and sailing 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 excited to see great new boating and fishing products 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 nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. Our Direct-to-Customer division, which comprises our call center, direct mail and e-commerce channels, offers customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and e-commerce 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).