West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty waterlife outfitter of quality marine grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, announced today the grand opening of its newly expanded New York flagship store, located in South Shore Commons at 147 W. Sunrise Highway in West Islip, NY.
A full weekend of grand opening events will take place March 20-23, 2014, kicking off with the “Cruising for a Cause” charity benefit for local marine-based non-profits on Thursday evening and continuing with special in-store events Friday through Sunday.
Located on the South Shore of Long Island with ready access to the Great South Bay and the Long Island Sound, West Islip is an ideal location for New York area boaters to access the best in waterlife products and expertise. The new flagship store has been expanded to more than twice its previous size, with a bigger and broader selection in every department.
The Bait Shack has a huge fishing selection with gear specifically tailored for the region, including line winders, rods, reels, lures and terminal tackle. In addition, there’s a comprehensive engine parts department, an enormous assortment of sailboat hardware, and a vast selection of inflatable boats and motors, including the revolutionary Lehr propane engine. Plus, to meet the needs of New Yorkers who want to try the fastest-growing water sport, there will be a stand-up paddleboard section with boards and accessories for every budget, as well as a huge selection of kayaks and kayak gear. Rounding out the flagship’s offering is a wide assortment of casual and technical apparel, foul weather gear, footwear and accessories with some of the top brands, including Roxy, Tommy Bahama, Pelagic, Quiksilver and Sperry Top-Sider.
“The expansion is in response to the growing needs of our vibrant community of water lovers,” said General Manager Albert Milam, who has been with West Marine for four years. “We are thrilled to give boating, sailing, fishing and paddlesports enthusiasts even more of the leading products they are looking for, and to have the opportunity to deliver interactive education and new gear with our expanded footprint.”
The flagship will also be a regional hub for Port Supply, the wholesale business that supports marine businesses and delivers a broad selection of products to keep the industry cruising.
West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with 289 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts – and offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company’s wholesale channel is one of the largest distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.