Watsonville, Calif. Boating supplies and accessories retailer West Marine on Wednesday announced an agreement with East Marine Denizcilik & Turizm A.S. to open its first franchise store in Istanbul, Turkey. Industrialist and ardent sailor Rahmi M. Koc is the chairman and controlling shareholder of East Marine.
The new West Marine store in Turkey is set to open in July. It’s part of a multi-store development agreement for Turkey. Other locations are being identified along Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.