Hamilton Marine to Open New Location in Kittery
Hamilton Marine, the popular Maine marine supply store well known to boaters throughout the Northeast, will be opening its sixth marine store location in Kittery, Maine. The location is the former site of Jackson’s Hardware and Marine store, whose owners recently retired.
“With 100+ years of business in a location rich in history, we are inheriting a loyal customer base,” said Hamilton COO Andrew Blanchard . “We hope to continue to provide a high level of service to their loyal customers. Hamilton Marine prides itself on putting experienced people in place to provide excellent customer service. We are dedicated to providing the area’s boating community with unique products. Customers in that area have been asking for a Hamilton Marine store for many years and with the closing of Jackson Hardware we felt it was our opportunity to service them.”
“We’re known for the size of our inventory and the diverse markets we serve,” said Wayne Hamilton president and owner. “Over the next few months we will work on updating the Kittery store to fit our needs and steadily add stock until it’s filled. Commercial fishermen, boat builders, and yachtsmen should all find what they’re looking for when we’re done.”
Hamilton Marine continues to grow in Maine. Wayne Hamilton, a Searsport native, has been on the water most of his life. He lobstered before opening his first “store” in his Searsport garage in 1977 selling commercial fishing supplies. Shortly afterward he moved to Route 1 and was joined by his (late) wife, Loraine and her siblings. “We’re still family owned and operated” said Hamilton, “and try to keep a family feel to the place even though we now have over 150 employees.”
Hamilton Marine Inc. has locations in Searsport, Portland, Rockland, Southwest Harbor and Jonesport, Maine. They sell mail order via telephone and the internet, shipping product daily to customers all over the world.