West Marine

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 schedules grand opening in California

West Marine announced the grand opening Oct. 3-6 of its California flagship store in Newport Beach. The celebration begins daily at 8 a.m. with in-store events, tips from experts, a fashion show, stand-up paddleboard demos and raffles. On the evening of Oct. 3 a “Cruising for Charity” night will support local marine-based non-profits. The new…more

West Marine hands out vendor awards

West Marine recently named its top vendors and is seeking local marine-based charities for a program in conjunction with the opening of a new flagship store in Newport Beach, Calif. The retailer announced the winners of its annual Very Important Vendor Awards at its Watsonville Support Center. “West Marine is proud to announce that Navico…more

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West Marine grand opening set for Virginia Beach

West Marine recently announced plans to open its first Virginia flagship store in Virginia Beach and is accepting entries for its fifth annual Green Product of the Year Award. The grand opening of the flagship store will be part of a weekend celebration Sept. 12-15 at Loehmann’s Plaza Shopping Center, 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., in…more

West Marine in Key West plans September grand opening

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration in September for its new store in Key West, Fla., which at 12,000 square feet will be its largest location in the area. Located at 951 Caroline St. (at Grinnell and Caroline streets) in Old Town Key West, the grand-opening celebration will take place Sept. 20-22 with…more

West Marine releases annual sustainability report

Retail chain West Marine released its fourth annual BlueFuture 2012 Sustainability Report. BlueFuture encompasses West Marine’s companywide efforts focusing on sustainability, including improving and protecting marine environments, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and encouraging people to enjoy being out on the water. From Pure Oceans, the company’s private-label brand of “green” boating products to giving…more

West Marine hands out conservation grants

In honor of World Oceans Day on Saturday, West Marine announced the recipients of its annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants are being awarded to organizations throughout the United States and Canada that are working to “improve and protect marine habitat,” which West Marine says is a key part of its mission. The retailer said…more

West Marine touts DeLorme inReach at Miami show

The DeLorme inReach two-way satellite communicator has been named a Hot Pick product for 2013 by West Marine. InReach was one of five products named Hot Picks during a press conference at the Miami International Boat Show. DeLorme said inReach is an affordable two-way communication solution that allows boaters to stay connected when they voyage…more

West Marine schedules product-review day

West Marine will hold a new-product review day on March 8 at the company’s Watsonville, Calif.-based support center. The event 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, including www.westmarine.com. “West…more

West Marine benefits charities with grand opening

West Marine announced that more than $18,000 was raised for local charities at the grand-opening celebration of its newest flagship location in Sarasota, Fla. West Marine held a “Casting for a Cause” event to launch the grand-opening weekend. Tickets were available for $10 through Suncoast Charities for Children; the Snook Foundation; the Sarasota Yacht Club…more

West Marine names vendor award recipients

West Marine announced the winners of its annual Very Important Vendor Awards at the company’s Watsonville Support Center in California. West Marine considered several factors when choosing the companies it wanted to single out for awards, including consistent excellence in product quality, sales growth and the helpfulness of their sales support staff. “West Marine is…more

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