West Marine Press Release

West Marine Seeks Marine-Based Non-Profits to Become Beneficiaries at the Grand Opening Celebration of its First Flagship Store in New York

Cruising for a Cause Charity Night at West Islip Store Grand Opening

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (January 29, 2014)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the country’s largest waterlife outfitter, announced today that they are looking for Long Island marine-based non-profits to become beneficiaries of “Cruising for a Cause” charity night. Set for Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event will take place in West Marine’s newly expanded and redesigned West Islip store, located at 147 Sunrise Highway. At 25,000 square feet, this will be West Marine’s first flagship store in New York State.

In keeping with West Marine’s mission of conserving marine habitats and supporting local boating non-profits across the country, West Marine is eager to work with Long Island-area charities that serve the local boating, fishing, paddling, sailing and marine environmental communities.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Cruising for a Cause” event will go to local non-profits. West Marine holds similar events around the country that support youth boating programs, beach clean-ups, and organizations that preserve local marine life, among others.

For the $10 ticket “Cruising for a Cause” attendees will enjoy food, beverages and entertainment. For full details on how to apply to participate in “Cruising for a Cause” e-mail grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. 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.