Mystic, CT, Welcomes New West Marine Store

Store Opens Friday, November 7, 2014

Larger location features expanded inventory, additional expert associates

WATSONVILLE, CA (November 4, 2014) - West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife outfitter, will open its new store in Mystic, CT on November 7, 2014. Located across the street from the Mystic Aquarium at 9 Maritime Drive, at the SE corner of Coogan and Maritime, the new Mystic store is 13,000 square feet – nearly 50 percent larger than the store at the previous location. Store hours are 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

The store is designed to cater to both locals and tourists who love spending time on or around the water. Mystic Store Manager Travis Chamberland says he’s excited about the new store’s larger size and more convenient location. “I can’t wait for our customers to see our new store, and the broader selection of products we are carrying,” says Chamberland. “It’s a beautiful building that encompasses the nautical lifestyle of the community, with thousands of items including boats, boat parts, apparel and waterlife accessories.”

Powerboaters will love the new engine counter, with instant access to 1,000 replacement parts for everything from fuel filters to steering cables to make it fast and easy to keep boats operating smoothly on the water. In addition to core boating departments such as maintenance, sailboat hardware and anchoring, the store will have marine electronics available to touch and test, including products from Garmin. The wide selection of men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and accessories includes the top nautical brands such as Helly Hansen, Columbia and Guy Harvey. Hundreds of lifestyle accessories make perfect gifts, such as waterproof Bluetooth speakers, floating phone cases, multi-tools and water bottles with purification filters. Paddling enthusiasts will find one of the best selections of kayaks, stand up paddleboards and paddling accessories in the area, including products by Jimmy Styks, Perception and Pelican.

“The boating and waterlife opportunities are endless in Mystic!” says Chamberland. “There is a great balance to the boating in the area – fishing, sailing, cruising and paddle sports are all very popular. Kayaking in the Mystic River is some of the best New England has to offer, while powerboating and sailing is popular on and around Fishers Island, Long Island and Block Island sounds.” An 11-year veteran of West Marine, Chamberland has been fishing all of his life. He and his wife have become passionate about kayaking in the past few years and enjoy clamming at Sandy Point, crabbing in Quonnie (Quonochontaug) and anchoring off Napatree Point.

Ask the Experts

Other associates at West Marine Mystic include some of the area’s most experienced boaters, with years of combined boating experience and logbooks filled with thousands of cruising miles. You’re invited to bring your questions about any aspect of boating or watersports to the store.

Dan Fleury - Kayak, Paddle Sport and DIY Specialist. Fleury joined the West Marine Mystic team five years ago. Growing up in Connecticut, and now living in Rhode Island, Fleury has been on the water his entire life. An avid outdoorsman, he is hunting and fishing on the water year round. He enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing, kayaking local waters and up to Maine, ice fishing, and getting offshore for shark and tuna. Growing up operating and maintaining his father’s 24-foot John Almand and then restoring his own 25-foot Chris Craft Seahawk, Fleury has a lot of experience to help the "Do It Yourself" boater.

Samantha Egger - Safety Expert. Egger was born and raised in and around the waters of Clearwater, FL. A competitive swimmer, avid boater and fisherman, she joined the Coast Guard which brought her to the Northeast. She was stationed on the USCG cutter Eagle where safety and training was a must. Her experiences consisted of weekly fire, sinking and man overboard drills. After her enlistment, she was a Federal Employee at the USCG Academy in New London, CT. She loves that New England has a lot opportunities for various outside activities. She enjoys whitewater rafting, camping and hiking with her dog. Most of her time is spent on the water with friends and family on their boats or on her jet ski.

Alex Lyons - Electronics Expert. Originally from Chatham, NJ, Lyons spent summers boating in Stonington, CT. He also logged more than 10 years working at Dodson Boatyard. He spends time sailing on his 16-foot Doughdish Sailboat Clover and fishing on his Cobia 23 Amity.

Arianne Magro - Apparel Specialist. Magro has been with West Marine for two and half years. "I have always been on the water since I was little fishing with my family as well as power boating, sailing and kayaking,” says Magro. "I enjoy working with clothes and helping find outfits that help the customers get out on the water all year round.

David Livingston - Sailing Expert. Livingston is currently the sailing director of Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, educating youth and adults in the local community. Previous positions included executive director of Sarasota, FL, Youth Sailing Program where more than 600 youth and adult sailors learned and competed. As the waterfront and sailing director of Christchurch School in Christchurch VA, he led the competitive high school program to national and regional championships. He is a lifelong sailor with over forty years of experience. He is a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor, Club Race Officer Certified and US Powerboat certified.

More About the Store

The new West Marine Mystic store includes:

  • A dedicated engine parts counter with more than 1,000 skus of engine and steering-related replacement parts from brands such as Sierra, Quicksilver, Champion and Seastar
  • Fishing gear tailored to local waters
  • Hundreds of lifestyle accessories, including waterproof Bluetooth speakers, floating phone cases, multitools, sun protection, water bottles and drink wear
  • Apparel such as Helly Hansen, Guy Harvey and O’Neil
  • Kayaks and paddleboards, plus a broad range of paddling accessories
  • 5,300 square feet of core boating products
  • 3,000 square feet of apparel, footwear and clothing accessories

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.

Media Contact

Margo Donohue
West Marine
917.679.6945
Press@westmarine.com