West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest waterlife outfitter exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water, announced the grand opening of its new, store in Warwick, Rhode Island. The grand opening celebration will take place the weekend of April 11-13. Located at Warwick Commons at 399 Bald Hill Road (across from the Warwick Mall), the festivities begin each day at 8 a.m. with special in-store events, a mini boat show, tips from experts, marine electronic demonstrations, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. Mayor Scott Avedisian is scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting that kicks off the weekend celebration on Friday, April 13, at 9 a.m.
At 13,000 square feet, this new West Marine store is twice the size of the previous Warwick location, with expanded assortments in every category throughout the store. There’s an enhanced electronics department with multiple units to touch and test, an expanded engine systems department (including a parts counter) as well as more options for paddlesports, boats, motors, fishing equipment, trailers and safety. There is also a wide assortment of casual and technical apparel, foul-weather gear, footwear and accessories, with some of the top brands including Pelagic and Sperry Top-Sider.
“This new, larger Warwick store allows us the space to better serve our local community of boaters, anglers, paddlers and sailors, as well as folks who simply enjoy life on the water,” said General Manager Carl Hjerpe, a Rhode Island native who is a lifelong sailor and power boater. Hjerpe joined West Marine over 15 years ago and enjoys the Narragansett Bay with his family’s 42’ power boat and his own 13’ Boston Whaler. The 18-person West Marine crew at the new Warwick store has a combined 150 years of boating, fishing and sailing experience, including 100 Ton Masters. They have collectively cruised almost 10,000 nautical miles.
Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With 287 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter – from cruisers to sailors to anglers to paddlesport enthusiasts, with everything you need for your life on the water. 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.