West Marine schedules grand opening in Florida

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West Marine announced that it will hold a grand opening celebration June 9-12 at its new flagship store in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Jake Anderson of the fishing vessel Northwestern, as featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” will be signing autographs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on June 11.

Other weekend activities include a boat show with local dealers, among them Seagate Marine, Traditional Yachts, Henley Customs, Hake Yachts, Bluewater Sportfishing, Palm City Yachts, Marine Connection and Americat, as well as free fishing seminars.

Grand opening events include a “Casting for a Cause” charity night to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9 at the store. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following local charities: Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Snook Foundation, Lagoonkeepers, Teen Anglers and the Marine Industry Education Foundation.

Store manager Damon Wilson started his career at West Marine 17 years ago as a part-time worker while he was in high school. Wilson is an active boater and angler, and his family owns several boats. In the past he has served as a volunteer for the St. Lucie County Marine Unit while managing West Marine’s Fort Pierce store.

The new West Marine will have a crew of 40 associates with more than 300 years of combined boating, sailing and fishing experience. They’ve cruised a combined total of more than 65,000 nautical miles.

The store will be the largest in the region at more than 26,000 square feet and it will have an extensive stock of maintenance supplies, fishing gear, trailer accessories, sailboat hardware and megayacht supplies.

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