WATSONVILLE, Calif. (May 12, 2010) – West Marine has announced that it has signed a long term lease on a new Flagship Store location at 379 West Main Road in Middletown, RI, the former site of an Office Depot store.
This new store will be 23,000 square feet which is almost 300% larger than the current 8,000 square foot West Marine store on Connell Highway. With a full service rigging shop on site, the Newport Flagship West Marine will be able to supply any form of running or standing rigging as well as installation. In addition, a significantly increased inventory selection was designed to meet the needs of sailors and recreational boaters in the Newport market.
"Marine Trades is one of Rhode Island's top industries and the Newport region is well known as the Sailing Capital of America," said Keith Stokes Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. "The business expansion of a premier company such as West Marine will provide our marine industry and the thousands of our region's recreational boaters' direct access to quality marine supplies."
In addition to its retail store, the new site will be home to two other West Marine owned operations, Port Supply and Professional Captain's Services.
Port Supply is a wholesale distributor of marine parts which services
the entire US as well as international markets. Its customers include boat
yards, boat builders, boat dealers, service shops, mobile service
providers and charter boats. Port Supply is not new to Rhode Island, but the Hub at the Newport area store is new and will increase the selection of product available for delivery to its wholesale customers or to its retail customers who shop the store.
Professional Captain's Services is the Megayacht division of West Marine. This division sources over 200,000 products that yacht captains and crews need and ships them anywhere in the world. Experienced Megayacht specialists staff the operation to assure the highest level of quality service.
The combined operations of the three West Marine divisions will increase in-season employment by 300% from 20 to 60 associates.
According to Bob Buckborough, West Marine's Regional Vice President for the East Coast, "this new Flagship Store operation represents a major investment for West Marine and will provide approximately 40 new jobs. This investment is indicative of our commitment to the Newport area boating community and the potential we see for future growth here."
Grand opening events at the new location are scheduled for the weekend of June 12th and 13th.
ABOUT WEST MARINE
West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has 336 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and two franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer customers approximately 50,000 products and 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 www.westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).