West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife outfitter, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its Mystic, CT store with a weekend full of events from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, 2015. A big highlight of the weekend will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 21 at 8 a.m. featuring penguins from Mystic Aquarium. West Marine is located at 9 Maritime Drive, at the SE corner of Coogan and Maritime. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition to the penguins, the Spring Open House will feature doorbuster deals, expert advice and hourly raffles all weekend long. Mystic Store Manager Travis Chamberland says he is among the legion of boaters who are eager to celebrate the end of winter by getting back to life on the water. “Our customers have consistently told us how excited they are with the selection of merchandise we have, and cannot wait for the opportunity to use it out on the water,” says Chamberland. “Having our penguin neighbors celebrate with us makes it all the more special.”
Some of the amazing raffle items West Marine Mystic crew will be giving away over the weekend include a Jimmy Styx Stand-up Paddleboard, $100 West Marine gift card, Raymarine Dragonfly 4, Maptech Chart Kit and tickets to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport leg.
Also at the Spring Open House will be free refreshments, hot dogs, in-store demos (including spring prep tips for boating season). Folks from the Mystic Aquarium will be on hand to talk to the public about their Animal Rescue Program, which protects all of the marine life in the region.
Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. is the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 270 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is the leading waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers, paddle sports enthusiasts and industry service providers. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING FREE (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.