West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces the Grand Opening of a Flagship Store in Portland, Oregon, July 18 -21 - Cruising for a Cause Charity Night on Thursday, July 18

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (June 04, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), announced today the Grand Opening celebration of its Oregon flagship store in Portland on Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. Located at 12050 N. Parker Avenue, in the newly renovated Jantzen Beach Center, the celebration will include high tech electronic demos, tips and tricks from fishing experts, door-buster deals, giveaways and more.

“Cruising for a Cause” charity night will take place on Thursday evening, July 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In keeping with the company’s mission of conserving marine habitats and supporting local boating non-profits across the country, West Marine is eager to work with Portland-area charities that serve the local boating, fishing, sailing and marine environmental community. For more information about participating in “Cruising for a Cause” contact grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com.

The new West Marine Flagship Store is over 25,000 square feet, and is being created to serve both the needs of local residents and those travelling through to enjoy the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. In doing so, this West Marine will have a large selection of fishing and sailing gear, plus an extensive selection of marine electronics, an engine parts counter staffed by specialists, and a huge selection of boating supplies, footwear, and casual and technical apparel.

Store Manager, Chris Kluever, has been with West Marine for twelve years and is an enthusiastic boater and angler. He has worked as a deckhand on charter boats and fished numerous tournaments throughout the northwest. Kluever takes great pride in putting West Marine customers first. “We surveyed our customers to make sure we have the right products for Portland-area water enthusiasts. We’re committed to giving them an outstanding customer experience each time they visit our store. This Grand Opening is sure to be a ‘don’t miss’ boating and fishing event.”

The Portland crew of 15 Associates has more than 300 years of combined boating experience, 140 years of combined sailing experience and has cruised over 25,000 nautical miles

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boats and boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine also offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company's 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, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR..