Press release from Sailorman in Ft. Lauderdale:
Sailorman Chuck to hand over the helm to daughter
Since 1985, Chuck Fitzgerald has been the sole owner/operator of Sailorman, a landmark new and used marine store on State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. His warm smile, fun-loving character, and honest approach to business have earned him a well-recognized and respected name in the marine community, both in Ft. Lauderdale and around the world. Exploring retirement options, Chuck decided to sell the property where the store’s current run-down, mosquito infested building sits. He also searched for a soul crazy enough to venture to move the store with its unending inventory to a new location. After a few near deals, Heather, his elder of two daughters and first mate for the past 23 years, couldn’t bear to see it go and decided to carry on the Sailorman legacy. Heather, aside from her remarkable resemblance to Chuck, holds dear the character and business practices that has made Sailorman one of the most loved marine stores around the world. Along with her husband and four sons, she looks forward to following in Chuck’s footsteps. For those who enjoy having Chuck around, he plans on easing into retirement slowly and will be around until Sailorman has firmly set its anchor at the new location. While the exact place has yet to be finalized, the move will take place sometime in the spring of 2016. It will remain in close proximity and promises to bring the same charisma, inventory, and great prices, just without the mosquitos. And who knows, perhaps it will be air conditioned!