West Marine Press Release

WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF FLAGSHIP STORE IN OLD SAYBROOK, CONNECTICUT – Flagship Store Opens for Connecticut Shoreline Boaters; Opening Events Kicks Off With “Cruising for a Cause” to Support of Local Marine Charities on April 12, 2012


Laurie Fried

Old Saybrook, CT (March 12, 2012)

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced the opening of its newest flagship store at 1667 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The new store will be 25,000 square feet, making it the largest West Marine in Connecticut.

The grand opening celebration kicks off on Thursday April 12 at 8:00 a.m. with special deals, giveaways, refreshments and tips from experts. The celebration continues later that evening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with “Cruising for a Cause”, a charity event supporting local marine-based non-profits including; Mystic Seaport, Sea-Legs, Inc., the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the Pettipaug Yacht Club Sailing Academy, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society and the Maritime Education Network. There will also be special in-store events all weekend long on Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The new flagship store will serve both the needs of local residents and those travelling through to enjoy the Connecticut Shoreline, Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. The new store will feature a large selection of fishing and sailing gear, plus an extensive selection of marine electronics, boating supplies, as well as casual and technical apparel designed by boaters for boaters.

West Marine General Manager Chris Primm is a passionate fisherman, certified diver and spearfishing enthusiast who began his career at West Marine when he was just 15 years old. “I’m very excited about the Old Saybrook opening.  We’ve asked local boaters what products they would like for their next fishing or boating trip and we stocked the new flagship based on our Customers feedback.”  

Sales Manager Larry Jaccoma has been with West Marine since 2004 and is an avid boater and fisherman. A lifelong sailor of one-designs, big boats and dinghies, he enjoys sailing competitively with friends and family. “We’re eager to serve the needs of boaters and anglers from all over Connecticut,” said Jaccoma.

The Old Saybrook flagship store will include a Port Supply hub.  West Marine’s Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine products and accessories in the world. This regional hub will offer timely delivery of a broad selection of marine accessories and products to keep Connecticut boating businesses cruising.   


West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 75,000 products plus 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 westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).