West Marine Press Release

West Marine’s New Product Review Day Set for January 31, 2014 at Watsonville, California Support Center

Event Invites Innovative Vendors to Pitch New Products to West Marine

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (January 09, 2014)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the country’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced its New Product Review Day is set for Friday, January 31, 2014. The event will be held at the Company’s Watsonville, California based Support Center located at 500 Westridge Drive.

West Marine’s New Product Review Day allows prospective inventors and vendors to pitch new products to West Marine Category Managers for consideration and the chance to be sold in West Marine retail stores, and through its other channels of business, including westmarine.com.

“West Marine is always on the lookout for the innovative products to maximize our Customer’s enjoyment of boating, fishing, sailing or paddling,” said Ron Japinga, EVP Merchandising for West Marine. “Our New Product Review Day presents a unique opportunity for vendors and inventors to meet personally with West Marine Category Managers. We always look forward to this event and are excited to see great new boating and fishing products for our Customers.”

To schedule an appointment to attend, or demo product(s) during West Marine’s New Product Review Day, email West Marine directly at vendorinfo@westmarine.com.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with 289 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 boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts – and offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company’s wholesale channel is one of the largest 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.