QUEENSBURY - A successful boating equipment shop well-established in Brant Lake is now opening a marine store in Aviation Mall, its owner announced Monday.
Bernie Hill of E-Z Marine is opening a store of the same name adjacent to the mall's food-court entrance. The store is expected to open to the public as soon as Friday, Hill said.
"There's not a whole lot going on in the dead of winter, so I thought I'd give the mall store a try and keep my employees on the job," he said.
This is the first marine store ever located in the mall, although the facility has hosted boat shows through the years.
Hill said he was opening the store in December to take advantage of holiday shopping.
"Now's the time for people to buy what they need for summertime boating and watersports activities," he said.
In addition to boating equipment and supplies, the E-Z Marine store will offer fishing gear, wakeboard, tubing and water skiing equipment, outboard motors and various watercraft accessories.
E-Z Marine has been flourishing in Brant Lake for 21 years. It has provided six jobs for local folks in the summer, while downsizing to four in the winter, Hill said.
"People are most welcome to stop in and check out our inventory and say 'Hello'," Hill said. "We're here to help anyone find anything they need."