West Marine Press Release

Panama City, FL, Welcomes New West Marine Store

Grand Opening Celebration Sept. 5-7 will include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles

WATSONVILLE, CA (August 17, 2014)

West Marine, the world's largest waterlife outfitter, announced the grand opening of its new larger format store in Panama City, FL. Grand opening festivities kick off on Friday, September 5, at 8 a.m. and go through Sunday, September 7. The parking lot will be transformed into a waterlife show, with boats, marine-related organizations, games and activities. In-store events will include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. The new Panama City store is at 427 East 23rd St, at the intersection of E 23rd and Martin Luther King Blvd.

At more than 17,000 square feet, the new West Marine Panama City is nearly double the size of the largest previous Panama City location, and will serve the needs of everyone who loves spending time on or around the water. The store will include a 1,450 square foot Fishing and Bait Shack, a huge selection of marine electronics to touch and test and a new engine parts counter. There will be a wide selection of men's and women's apparel, footwear and accessories with some of the top nautical brands, plus a broad assortment of inflatable boats, kayaks and a variety of stand-up paddleboards.

"The new store will be huge!" said West Marine Panama City store manager Nick Cumbie. "We'll have more of everything, for locals, the tourists and snowbirds. We'll be the one-stop shop for their life on the water." Cumbie said the fishing department will cater to the local market. "We'll have a great selection of ready-to-go combos and tackle for everyone from the novice trying out fishing for the first time to the professional," said Cumbie.

Cumbie is an avid boater, with experience racing sailboats ranging from 10 feet to 50 feet. He and his wife own a Capri 25' sailboat and have done much of their sailing on Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta. Cumbie transferred from the Charlotte, NC, West Marine, and he said he's looking forward to getting to know the local area. "I'm really excited about getting to fish the Emerald Coast," he said.

West Marine Panama City's staff includes associates with a wide range of fishing, sailing and boating experience. "We've got a great pool of talent to choose from in this area," said Cumbie. "Our associates are as passionate about boating as our customers. They're here to help with any type of questions, from where to go to find fish that are biting to how to make repairs."

Merchandise at the new store will include:

  • 5,200 feet of core boating products, including a dedicated engine parts counter
  • 1,500 square-foot Fishing and Bait Shack, including full selection of ready-to-go combos and tackle
  • A large assortment of paddlesports equipment, including stand-up paddling and kayak gear
  • 4,200 square feet of apparel, footwear and accessories
  • State-of-the art electronic display showcasing the latest in navigation and communication technology

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 285 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. 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.