Jamie Nordstrom Joins the Board of Directors of West Marine

Jamie Nordstrom Joins the Board of Directors of West Marine

WATSONVILLE, Calif., Jan. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Marine, Inc.
(Nasdaq:WMAR). Upon the recommendation of its Governance and Compensation
Committee, West Marine's board of directors, by unanimous written consent
dated December 28, 2012, appointed a new independent director, Jamie
Nordstrom, to its board.Mr. Nordstrom also was appointed as the fourth
member of West Marine's governance and compensation committee. His board and
committee service is expected to commence on the first meetings scheduled in
2013, most likely in March, and Mr. Nordstrom, like all of the other
directors, will stand for re-election to the board at West Marine's 2013
annual meeting of stockholders.

Mr. Nordstrom has been Executive Vice President and President of Nordstrom
Direct for Nordstrom, Inc. since 2005. His position supports Nordstrom.com,
mobile, catalogs and fulfillment center operations. A fourth generation family
member, Mr. Nordstrom began his career in the stockroom of Nordstrom's
Bellevue, Washington store in 1986, and went on to hold a number of store and
buying management positions. Prior to being named President of Nordstrom
Direct, he helped lead an effort to implement a perpetual inventory system and
build a multi-channel foundation to better serve customers in stores and
online.

Together with the company's executive team, Mr. Nordstrom has continued to
elevate the customer experience across all channels through improved
technology and capabilities, greater speed and convenience, broader selection
online and more personalized service.

Randy Repass, Chairman of West Marine, says, "We are thrilled to have Jamie
join our board.He is an extremely talented and well-respected retailer and a
passionate boater.Jamie has demonstrated a track record of successfully
achieving results and driving change across diverse operating units and we
look forward to his contributions in our efforts to deliver a seamless,
multi-channel proposition that provides an outstanding customer experience."

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and
accessories, has 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico
and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. Our Direct-to-Customer
division, which comprises our call center, direct mail and e-commerce
channels, offers customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of
exchanging catalog and e-commerce purchases at our Store locations. Our 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's
products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or
call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).

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CONTACT: West Marine, Inc.
         Matthew Hyde, President and Chief Executive Officer
         (831) 761-4229

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