West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces the Grand Opening Celebration of their Newly Expanded Store in Long Beach, CA - Festivities Set for March 15 through March, 17 “Cruising for a Cause” Fundraiser for Local Marine-Based Charities on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 20, 2013)

West Marine announced today the grand opening celebration of its newly expanded store in Long Beach, California from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17. The newly enlarged location is located at 251 North Marina Drive in Long Beach with grand opening events taking place throughout the weekend.

Responding to the needs of local boaters and anglers, this store will be increased to over 13,000 square feet, featuring an engine parts counter, a bait shack with an expanded selection of saltwater fishing gear, a substantial assortment of inflatable boats, kayaks and the fastest growing water sport, stand-up paddle boards. For sailors in the Alamitos Bay area, the Long Beach store will have West Marine’s largest assortment of sailboat hardware, plus an expanded selection of core boating products and casual and technical apparel to help Customers enjoy a great day out on the water.

Store Manager Dean Stanec has been with West Marine for 20 years and has over 35 years of experience on the water. At 8 years old, he started racing at the neighboring Seal Beach Yacht Club and has been sailing ever since. Now he enjoys cruising to Catalina Island on the family’s 32’ Beneteau. There will be 25-35 Associates working at the Long Beach West Marine with over 725 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience.

“Cruising for a Cause,” a fundraiser to benefit local boating and fishing programs will be held on Friday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the store. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the participating organizations. All proceeds will directly support these organizations and West Marine will donate 5% of sales on Friday as well. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks and entertainment.

About West Marine

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. Our Direct-to-Customer division, which comprises our call center, direct mail and e-commerce channels, offers customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and e-commerce 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).