West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces the Grand Opening of a New, Bigger Store in Minnetonka, MN - The ‘Tonka Area Grand Opening Set for April 12-14

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 26, 2013)

West Marine announced today the grand opening celebration of its newest location in Minnetonka, Minnesota from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. The new, bigger store will be located at 12350 Wayzata Boulevard in Minnetonka with grand opening events taking place 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Responding to the needs of local boaters and anglers, the new store is nearly three times the size of the previous store. With over 15,000 square feet, it will be the biggest West Marine store in the upper Midwest, chock full of products to have a great time out on the water. Customers will discover wakeboarding and waterskiing gear, tubes, inflatable boats, kayaks, and the fastest growing water sport, stand-up paddle boards. There’s an engine parts counter, staffed by experts, a bait shack with fishing gear selected specifically for the region, plus casual and technical apparel.

Store Manager Brandon Gollnow has been with West Marine for over 12 years and has been an active fisherman since the age of three. In his spare time, Gollnow likes to trailer his 17-foot Lowe fishing boat up north to Leech Lake. “All of the Associates at the Minnetonka West Marine store are passionate about fishing, sailing and playing around on boats,” says Gollnow. “Our crew has more nautical miles under our collective belts than we can count!” There will be 15-20 associates at the new West Marine store (depending on the season) and they have over 150 years of combined experience on the water.

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).