Irish Boat Shop to open TC location

TRAVERSE CITY — Irish Boat Shop will create a third location this year.

“We will open another Irish Boat Shop in Traverse City,” said Michael Esposito, president of Irish Boat Shop, which operates shops in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix.

“We haven’t purchased that building, but we are leasing it,” he said of the Waterfront Conference Center, 2035 U.S. 31 in East Bay Township.

An Irish Boat Shop sign appeared on the bayfront property a few days ago.

“We are very excited to be on the water, which is unusual down there,” Esposito said, referring to area marine businesses.

“That location is there, but we’re still formatting how that will work.”

He and company owner Dave Irish still are considering what segments of the marine business the Traverse City operation will entail. It will begin existence, said Esposito, as a boat and marine sales outlet with Boston Whaler and Nautique brands.

Irish Boat Shop launched in Harbor Springs in 1961. It added the Charlevoix location in 1971. Both those locations offer sales, service, dockage, storage and related services.

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