WATSONVILLE, Calif. (June 24th, 2010) – -
West Marine, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating equipment and accessories, today announced it will host grand opening celebrations at its new stores in Stuart, Florida on Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11, and Jensen Beach, Florida Store on Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18.
West Marine in Stuart
Situated at 2506 SE Federal Highway in Regency Square Shopping Plaza this new Store has more than 16,500 square feet of retail space. Designed to meet the needs of all types of boaters, it also features one of the company’s biggest saltwater fishing selections to meet the needs of anglers in Florida’s “Sailfish Capital”.
Overall, the store’s broad product selection caters to the region’s power and fishing Customers, but is also equipped to supply a large number of cruising sailors that set sail from Stuart for the Bahamas’ each winter. The Stuart Store features an engine parts counter with an expanded selection of parts in stock and readily available.
An outstanding crew of 30 Associates with more than 275 years of combined boating and fishing experience manage Stuart’s location. General Manager, Ashley Boyd, is a long time West Marine Associate, who started as a cashier, and worked her way through the ranks to run the largest West Marine store on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Boyd, who was born and raised in Stuart, grew up around boats - mainly center console power boats.
Other members of Stuart’s all-star team include: William Mattheson with 15 years of experience as well as extensive local fishing knowledge; Lawrence Tippet with more than 30 years experience as an avid angler; Cindy Allen, winner of several tournaments in Isla Mujures, Mexico, along with the Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Tournament & Ft. Pierce Billfish Tournament..
West Marine in Jensen Beach
This new store is situated at 3554 NW Federal Highway, just north of the Treasure Coast mall. With over 13,000 square feet of retail space, the Jensen Beach store is staffed with expert anglers and stocked with a huge selection of boating equipment and supplies, and saltwater fishing gear and gadgets specifically selected for the region.
The store’s fishing experts have the capability of making fishing rigs - a first for the company. They have also created an outstanding fishing assortment with the best rods, reels and terminal tackle to catch fish throughout Florida.
An outstanding crew with more than 200 years of combined boating and fishing experience oversee the Jensen Beach location. General Manager, Kurt Bolte, is an avid boater of 35 years, operating and living on boats for his adult life. He also specializes in offshore fishing, currently fishing in several local tournaments. Brian Beier will lead the electronics department in Jensen Beach, and Jay Frankenbery, a West Marine Associate of five years will manage the store’s impressive fishing department.
Grand Opening Festivities
Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11
2506 SE Federal Highway
Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18th
3554 NW Federal Highway
Jensen Beach, Florida
The celebrations are 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
and 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday.
With two new Store openings boaters can enjoy two weekends of free, family friendly, boating and fishing activities including:
- Free Boat Show on site with multiple boats from local dealers
- Free fishing seminars with Squeeky Kelly and Jerry Rosen from DOA
- Test your strength in the Fighting Chair Challenge
- Casting Contests with Teen Anglers
- Snook Foundation and the Angler Action Program
- Expert advise from Blackfin rods, Brownie Third Lung, Shurhold Products, Tigress, Lenco Marine, Raymarine on the best products for your boat and your lifestyle.
- Free t-shirts for the first 100 Customers
- Free raffle prizes and giveaways
- Free hot dogs from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., while supplies last.
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).