1-800 CONTACTS Breaks Ground on New Corporate HQ

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DRAPER, Utah—At a groundbreaking ceremony this week, 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. announced it will be constructing a new corporate headquarters facility here. The company anticipates completion and occupancy of the new facility in July 2015, which will be located in the Draper Pointe development, just west of Interstate 15 and north of Bangerter Highway.

"We are pleased to announce a new headquarters facility, which will house all of our corporate departments that are currently located in three separate facilities," said Brian Bethers, CEO of 1-800 CONTACTS. "It provides us a terrific opportunity to create strategic adjacencies between key departments, enhance associate collaboration, and continue to provide our associates with key benefits such as our on-site restaurant and fitness center."

Gardner Company and The Boyer Company are the developers of Draper Pointe, and are leading the development process for the five-story, 125,000 square-foot facility. They have selected L&T Construction for the construction of both the exterior and interior of the new facility. Rapt Studio, an award-winning, integrated design studio based in San Francisco, will help the company create the new headquarters, which will uniquely reflect the brand and culture of 1-800 CONTACTS. Upon completion, 1-800 CONTACTS will immediately occupy 100,000 square feet, and anticipates business development initiatives will allow the company to expand to all floors of the facility in the future.

1-800 CONTACTS is the largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States and has had its headquarters located in Draper, Utah since 1997.  Building on its commitment to Utah for its corporate headquarters, earlier this year the company completed its new North campus location for operations services.

In February 2014, 1-800 CONTACTS was sold to Thomas H. Lee Partners, as reported by VMail.