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.

SEC focusing on West Marine’s accounting practices

West Marine received a notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission that the commission intends to recommend civil action be brought against the company. The recommendation stems from the SEC’s investigation concerning the company’s fiscal year 2003 accounting for indirect costs included in inventory cost and from the company’s adoption of Emerging Issues Task Force…more

WEST SYSTEM debuts new Web site

WEST SYSTEM launched a new Web site that provides customers with information on using epoxy for many kinds of projects, from boatbuilding to architectural repairs. Visitors to www.westsystem.com can view how-to videos, download free PDFs of popular WEST SYSTEM instructional publications, participate in blog discussions, pose questions for the company’s technical staff, and enter a…more

Got a product to sell? Pitch it to West Marine

West Marine will hold a New Product Review Day next month at its Watsonville, Calif., support center. Scheduled for Feb. 27, the event allows prospective vendors to pitch products to the category managers for consideration in West Marine’s 344 retail stores, the company Web site, or its annual catalog. “This ongoing event has become a…more

Floating products showcase sees 3,000 visitors

More than 3,000 visitors this fall toured Showtime, the classic 63-foot Trumpy motoryacht serving as a floating showcase for marine products, according to marine industry consultant Jock West, organizer of the promotional tour. More than 30 manufacturers and suppliers provided new products and services for the project, which will continue visiting boat shows and other…more

West Marine holding grand opening

West Marine this weekend will host a grand opening celebration for its new location in San Carlos, Calif. The 13,000-square-foot store includes an expanded selection of electronics, and fishing and watersports equipment. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and refreshments will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., while supplies last. The celebration continues all weekend…more

West Marine opening new Calif. store in November

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration next month for its newest location in San Carlos, Calif. The 13,000-square-foot store offers a variety of boating gear and accessories, including an expanded selection of electronics, and fishing and water-sports equipment. Lynn Gambrell will serve as store manager. Grand opening festivities begin the morning of Nov.…more

West Marine holding 3Q conference call next week

West Marine will hold a Webcast and conference call at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) Oct. 23 to discuss third quarter 2008 financial results. The call will be available in real time on the Internet on the “Investor Relations” page of the West Marine Web site. The earnings release will be posted in the “Press Releases”…more

West Marine outlines growth plans in soft market

West Marine this morning announced several major changes planned for the company to help ensure its growth despite a soft market. The announcements were made in conjunction with the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings. Watsonville, Calif.-based West Marine reported net sales for the second quarter ending June 28 of $226.7 million, compared to net…more

West Marine hosting product pitch

West Marine will hold a new product review day July 11 at the company’s Watsonville, Calif., support center. This event allows prospective vendors — from large to start-ups — to pitch their products to West Marine’s retail management team for an opportunity to sell at the company’s 369 retail stores as well as its Web…more

West Marine debuts new service for yachts

West Marine, the Watsonville, Calif.,-based retailer of boating supplies and accessories, launched a Professional Captain’s Services Division, dedicated to supplying yachts and megayachts throughout the world. The division will be managed by Thomas “Charlie” Petosa, a former West Marine regional vice president, who spent the last two years as a special consultant in the megayacht…more

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