Remember you're a womble
Apparently they are closing all but their Toronto stores, like them or loathe them, you have to admit that for those living within reach of one, they are convenient.
Hi Mike - don't forget boaterbits.ca (Vancouver). Great people and excellent service. Amazing prices and always prepaid freight.Yup, no big loss. Expensive, and clearly not really interested in the Canadian market. Actually, it will hopefully be good news for Canadians since this will free up some market space for local businesses.
I envy folks with local chandlers. We have none up here in northern Ontario. Everything is online. But the only use I have for WM is that I can go to their website, find the item I need, and then know what the absolute top price is. I can then usually find the same thing at a Canadian online store like Binnacle, Marine Outfitters (formerly Pride), BL Yachts, or Stright-Mackay at a cheaper price, and (shocking) actually listed in Canadian $$. If I have to shop in the US it's through Defender. They are usually much cheaper, and ironically I've had far better customer service from them compared to WM.
Yup ... no big loss.
The Return of the IndependentJust like Walmart, WM swept through the country buying out or putting all the other chandlers out of business. Whenever they close a store, it's like sticking up their middle finger at all their customers, because their monopoly leaves nobody left to supply the customers.
Ain't capitalism great?