West Marine Press Release

Fun Facts on West Marine’s Newest Flagship Store in Portland, Oregon

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Trey Carskadon
BDC Advertising

Watsonville, CA (July 16, 2013)

The grand opening festivities of West Marine’s Portland Flagship Store will take place Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2013.  This Store was created to serve both the needs of local residents and those traveling through to enjoy the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean.


It’s the Biggest West Marine Store in the Northwest – At 25,000 square feet; this Portland Flagship is over three times the size of a standard West Marine Store (normally 8,000 sq. ft.). It’s stocked with over 19,000 products with thousands more readily available. 

You Want It… We’ve Got It – West Marine surveyed Portland-area boaters, anglers, paddlers and sailors and built the new Portland Store with their feedback in mind.

  • Huge selection of fishing gear tailored to local fisheries, with angling experts on staff
  • Comprehensive selection of marine electronics is on display with nearly 100 units to touch and test. 
  • Full engine parts counter is staffed by specialists, open 7 days a week
  • Extensive assortment of maintenance supplies, trailer accessories, sailboat hardware, kayaks, paddling equipment and stand-up paddleboards are all on deck
  • Plus, a broad selection of footwear and a full line of casual and technical apparel for your life on and off the water.

An Experienced Crew – Store Manager Chris Kluever has been with West Marine for twelve years and is an enthusiastic boater and angler.  The Portland team has had lots of experience out on the water.

  • The crew has cruised over 50,000 nautical miles
  • They have 300+ years of combined boating experience
    • 140+ years of sailing experience
    • 100+ years of fishing expertise

Port Supply for Boating Businesses – The Portland Flagship store will be a regional hub for Port Supply, the wholesale business which supports marine businesses.  With timely delivery of a broad selection of marine accessories and products at attractive pricing, Port Supply keeps Oregon-area boating businesses cruising.

West Marine by the Numbers

West Marine has nearly 300 Stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores in Turkey.

  • This new Portland store will employ over 23 Associates

West Marine employs over 4,000 Associates worldwide

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..