West Marine closing in March

A Martinez boat accessory store is closing after 15 years.

West Marine at 592 Bobby Jones Expressway will close its 35,000-square-foot facility on March 17, said store manager Greg Gisler.

“This store I know has been in sales decline for several years,” said Gisler, citing the store’s location as another reason for its closure.

The company’s strategy is to close smaller stores and open larger locations to showcase more products, said West Marine Public Relations Director Laurie Fried.

The closest West Marine store to Augusta is in Columbia, and there are more than 300 West Marine locations across the United States.

“We’re always looking for opportunities,” Fried said of bringing another store to Augusta, “but there isn’t anything on the horizon.”

The store has three employees and one will relocate to a different store when the Bobby Jones location closes.

 

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