WATSONVILLE, Calif. (May 26, 2010) – - West Marine has announced that it will celebrate the grand opening of its new 23,000 square foot Flagship Store location at 379 West Main Road in Middletown, RI Thursday June 10 through Sunday June 13, 2010. The new store will be West Marine's largest store in New England and will have more sail hardware, anchor, docking, electrical, plumbing and maintenance products than any West Marine store in the country, in addition to having one of the most extensive inventories of electronics, ropes and safety products.
The grand opening kicks off at 8 AM Thursday June 10. There will be a “Cruising For A Cause” event that Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. The event includes a steel drum band, food, beverages, a live auction and a Power Boat Docking Challenge with remote controlled boats in addition to other fun activities. Admission to the general public is just $10 and all admission proceeds benefit local junior sailing programs as well as other boating non-profit organizations.
From Thursday June 10 through Sunday June 13 there will also be prize drawings, vendor demonstrations, free hot dogs & beverages, a Harken winch grinder competition, and a mini boat show. Plus, the first 100 customers each day get a free T-shirt.
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.
According to Bob Buckborough, West Marine’s Regional Vice President for the East Coast, “This new Flagship Store represents a major investment for West Marine and is indicative of our commitment to provide the Newport area boating community with the widest possible range of quality products and services. The “Cruising for A Cause” event, which returns 100% of the admission proceeds to local boating organizations, is also indicative of our commitment to the local community.”
ABOUT WEST MARINE
West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has over 330 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).