As of Apr 1, 2017, West Marine operated 251 stores in 38 states and Puerto Rico, 2 stores in Canada.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 5 large-format stores, closed 2 large-format stores, closed 14 traditional stores, and converted 8 traditional stores to larger-format stores. During fiscal 2017, West Marine expects to open up to 6 new stores and close approximately 15 existing stores, reducing square footage by 2%.

At year-end, all stores were leased, with initial terms typically for 5-10 years with options to renew for at least one 5-year period. Stores operated in two primary formats: 75 larger "Waterlife" stores that range in size from 10,000 to 50,000 square feet, and 179 standard-sized stores which are less than 10,000 square feet.

TTM20162015201420132012
Stores253254263279287300
Store growth-3.1%-3.4%-5.7%-2.8%-4.3%-6.0%
Total gross square feet (M)2,5552,5532,6002,7102,6902,670
Total gross square feet growth-2.1%-1.8%-4.1%0.7%0.7%-1.8%
Avg store gross sq ft10,10010,1009,9009,7009,4008,900
Avg store gross sq ft growth1.0%1.7%1.8%3.6%5.3%4.4%