Canadian eyewear retailer opens shipping center in Blaine

A Vancouver, British Columbia-based company that sells eyewear and other vision-care products online has opened a new production and shipping facility in Blaine.

Coastal Contacts Inc., which operates the retail website, plans to run the 13,000-square-foot warehouse 24 hours a day to ship glasses and contact-lens orders to various locations in the continental U.S. The facility employs 70 people, according to the company, but more workers will be added if consumer demand fuels growth.

The Canadian company’s founder and CEO, Roger Hardy, said the U.S. is’s fastest-growing market, according to a press release. With the new facility in Blaine, the company reports it will now be capable of shipping orders less than one day after they are received online.

As one of the world’s largest online retailers of eyewear and related products, posted sales of $196.1 million in 2012, according to the company.

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