West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces The Grand Opening Celebration of a Bigger, Better, Anacortes Store on April 26-28 - Grand Opening Celebration includes Kayak Pool and High Tech Demonstrations, Blockbuster Deals and Giveaways

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Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (April 01, 2013)

West Marine announced today the Grand Opening celebration of its newly expanded store in Anacortes, Washington from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. Located at 918 Commercial Avenue, grand opening events will take place 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Responding to the needs of local boaters and anglers, this newly enlarged store will feature an impressive selection of fishing and sailing gear with an extensive selection of inflatable boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. There’s an engine parts counter staffed by specialists and apparel specifically selected for local Customers to help everyone from the seasoned fisherman to the novice sailor enjoy a great day on the water.

Lifelong West Coaster Gretha Record (Store Manager) has been with West Marine for over eight years, lives aboard a boat full time and has been an active sailor since the age of six. There will be 13 associates at this West Marine store (depending on the season) and between them they have over 500 years and 85,000 nautical miles in combined experience on the water.

“All of us at the Anacortes store are passionate about the fishing and sailing community here and look forward to serving our customers,” said Record. “I personally feel lucky to have fishing, sailing and power experts such as Phil Ratliff, Matt Lytle and Gary Illingsworth on my team and am eager to open our doors,” she adds.

The Grand Opening celebration will include a kayak pool to try the latest stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Local experts will be on site, a mini boat show, blockbuster deals and prize drawings will take place throughout the weekend.

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, Canada and five franchised stores located 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).