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West Marine Announces Largest Florida Panhandle Location & Grand Opening June 14-16

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (May 16, 2013) - West Marine announced the Grand Opening celebration for its brand new store in Tallahassee, Florida, which is nearly double the size of the previous location. Located at 2110 Apalachee Parkway #2 (in Governor's Point Center), the Grand Opening celebration will take place on Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 with special events, giveaways and blockbuster deals from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Tallahassee location will be the largest West Marine store in the Big Bend.

Responding to the needs of local boaters and anglers, this new West Marine store contains a bigger selection of boating, fishing and watersports gear for your life on the water. The new “Bait Shack” will carry a broad selection of fishing gear, specifically selected for the Panhandle region. A huge selection of marine electronics will be on display to touch and test, with expanded assortments in every category throughout the store. An engine parts counter will be staffed by specialists, and the store will have a huge assortment of watersports gear, including stand-up paddleboards, plus footwear and casual and technical apparel.

Store Manager Tim Winget grew up in Indiana where he developed a love for fishing. “Some of Florida's best offshore and inland fishing can be had in the Florida Panhandle,” says Winget. “Our expert crew is looking forward to having the gear to meet the needs of the Big Bend fishing, boating and sailing community.” There will be 15 associates at this West Marine store and between them they have over 150 years combined experience on the water.

There will be an on-site boat show as part of the Grand Opening festivities featuring boats from Wefing's Marine and Crews Marine—both based in the region.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boats and boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine also offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company's Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine, Inc., and its products and store locations, visit or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.

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