West Marine to open flagship store in R.I.

Published online: May 13, 2010 News Trade Only Today
Viewed 134 time(s)

West Marine signed a long-term lease on a new flagship store location in Middletown, R.I., the company announced.

The new store will be 23,000 square feet, which is almost 300 percent larger than the current 8,000-square-foot West Marine store in the area. With a full service rigging shop on site, the Newport flagship West Marine will be able to supply any form of running or standing rigging as well as installation.

In addition, a significantly increased inventory selection was designed to meet the needs of sailors and recreational boaters in the Newport market.

"Marine trades is one of Rhode Island's top industries and the Newport region is well known as the sailing capital of America," said Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, in a statement. "The business expansion of a premier company such as West Marine will provide our marine industry and the thousands of our region's recreational boaters' direct access to quality marine supplies."

In addition to its retail store, the new site will be home to two other West Marine- owned operations, Port Supply and Professional Captain's Services. The combined operations of the three West Marine divisions will increase in-season employment from 20 to 60 associates.

Grand-opening events at the new location are scheduled for the weekend of June 12-13.

Click here for the full release.

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 16, 2015

Breaking News

The National Marine Manufacturers Association canceled the Progressive Chicago In-Water Boat Show, which was set to take place June 11-14, and will stop producing the annual show.
April 16, 2015

West Marine announces new "Deck Out Dad" social media contest

West Marine has launched a new social media campaign called Deck Out Dad!
April 03, 2015

66 Days At Sea

We are happy to report that after being adrift at sea and lost for 66 days, Louis Jordan has been rescued 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
April 01, 2015

JC Manufacturing becomes JC TriToon Marine

Formerly known as JC Manufacturing, the Indiana-based pontoon manufacturer has officially changed its name to JC TriToon Marine.
March 31, 2015

Cascade Cycleboats launches pedal-powered boat tours

A rickshaw by any other name...wouldn't be a rickshaw anymore, I guess. But Cascade Cycleboats certainly evoke those three-wheeled conveyances of years past.
Follow us on Facebook!  Follow us on Instagram!  Follow us on Twitter!  Follow us on YouTube!