There’s no need for those in Stuart to have to drive nearly an hour south to Riviera Beach to shop in a Boat Owners Warehouse store. On April 12th, the marine retailer opened its fourth and northernmost location. The 7,200-square-foot store located at 1830 SE Federal Highway in Stuart is stocked with the over 20,000 brand name hardware, maintenance and supply items, plus a special-order department, for which Boat Owners Warehouse is known.
“Stuart is just a natural progression for us as many of our customers have moved up here and have been asking us to open a store in the area. We were just waiting for the right location to become available,” says Steve Baum, president and chief executive officer of BOW’s parent, the Fort Lauderdale, FL-headquartered D.S. Hull Company, Inc.
The biggest difference between the Stuart store and the retailer’s other three locations in Riviera Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale, is that both the interior and exterior of the building are brand new and ‘green’. For example, there’s LED light fixtures, high SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) air conditioning and an extra insulated roof with reflective white finishing.
“Having just completed the remodeling and addition of 1800-square-feet to our Fort Lauderdale store, which has a similar roof system and air-conditioning units, we had already started to realize the energy savings. We knew that we wanted to do the same with this building,” says Baum. www.boatownerswarehouse.com