Marine retailer West Marine is giving $1,500 to 29 youth boating organizations in the company’s first allocation of BlueFuture Fund grants.
West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and five franchised stores in Turkey.
West Marine is reporting double-digit second-quarter earnings growth — a 14.4 percent increase from $18.3 million to $20.9 million.
West Marine will accept nominations for 2015 youth boating grants until July 31.
West Marine’s 2016 West Advantage Calendar Photo Contest is underway and the waterlife outfitter said 13 talented photographers will see images of their life on the water featured in the 2016 calendar.
West Marine today reported a 12.1 percent increase in first-quarter revenue, to $127.1 million, from the same quarter last year and a 13.3 percent hike in comparable-store sales.
West Marine announced its 2015 “Deck Out Dad” promotion, which runs from May 11 to June 19, with the winner announced the week after Father’s Day.
West Marine is opening a flagship store in Chicago and grand-opening events will begin April 23 and continue through April 26.
West Marine will celebrate the grand opening of its Mystic, Conn., store from Friday through Sunday, including a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. Saturday that will feature penguins from Mystic Aquarium.
West Marine announced a “Do It Yourselfie!” social media contest that will run through March 27.
West Marine said it will hold a New Product Review Day on March 20.