West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 250 company-operated stores in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
The new CEO wants to get back to core markets, expand private-label products and look at international opportunities for the long term.
Doug Robinson is out, as the company’s private-equity owners launch an executive search for a replacement.
West Marine has announced the 50 nonprofit organizations that will receive $1,500 in grant awards in the retailer’s BlueFuture waterway stewardship program. Earlier this month, West Marine distributed checks to the winners.
West Marine is continuing a partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at all its retailers’ stores from Sept. 1-Sept. 30.
The retailer with have a rigging truck on site and will provide shuttle service to its store on North Halsted Street.
West Marine is sponsoring the 4th Annual Coastal Conservation Association’s Florida STAR competition, a program designed to educate the public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources and to engage families and youth in fishing.
West Marine is refocusing on its core customers in an effort to regain market share lost in recent years.
West Marine will commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary with a new promotion.
This Sunday, West Marine will begin accepting applications for its 2018 BlueFuture grants. The 2018 cycle will run for two months through Thursday, May 31, with the names of grant recipients to be announced by mid-summer.
West Marine will re-open its flagship store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., plus seven other retail locations on March 17.
West Marine kicks off its annual Month of Giving on Friday to support its nonprofit BlueFuture program.