Clearly Contacts Takes Top Spot as Canada's Largest Independent Retail

    Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide ranks Vancouver based vision care provider
    as the largest Canadian online retailer based on annual sales.

<p><span class="xn-location">VANCOUVER</span>, British Columbia, <span class="xn-chron">July 29</span> /CNW/ -- Clearly Contacts, a subsidiary of Coastal Contacts Inc., has taken the traditional industry of retailing eyeglasses and contact lenses in an optical store, and put it on the Internet for discounted prices.  This innovative move has proven to be good business, surpassing all other Canadian Internet stores in sales for 2009.</p>
<p>The 2010 edition of Internet Retailer's Top 500 Guide announced the top 500 web retailers in America based on annual sales.  While the top spot in America this year went to, the top ranking Canadian company on the list is Coastal Contacts Inc. at the 110th spot.</p>
<p>With sales of <span class="xn-money">$140 million</span> last year Coastal Contacts Inc. lands directly ahead of Tiffany & Co, and Sephora USA Inc, and Crocs Inc as the 111, 112, and 151st spots respectively.  The rapid growth of the <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> based company has been spurred on in recent years by the addition of eyeglasses to their contact lens offering. Over 300,000 pairs of eyeglasses have now been delivered by the online retail giant, paving the way for consumers to try new more affordable methods of purchasing eyewear.</p>
<p>"People ask us all the time, can you really buy glasses over the web, the response is resounding and overwhelmingly - Yes!" stated <span class="xn-person">Roger Hardy</span>, Coastal Contacts Founder and CEO.</p>
<p>Retail web sales for the top 500 companies on the list increased by 8.7% on average in 2009, while Coastal Contacts Inc.'s sales increased by 18% in the same year.</p>
<p>"The vision care products industry has been in need of a change for some time.  High prices and inconsistent service levels have lead consumers to demand options.  Clearly Contacts meteoric growth is a direct result of serving customers with better prices, faster service and top brand name quality that our customers love," adds Hardy.</p>

    About Clearly Contacts:

<p>Clearly Contacts, a subsidiary of Coastal Contacts is the world's fastest growing online vision care supplier.  Providing contact lenses, eyeglasses and other complementary vision care products to consumers worldwide at prices up to 70% less than traditional optical retail stores, The Coastal Contacts team is proud to provide an affordable, convenient option for high quality vision care products.  With world class operations in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and Asia, Coastal Contacts offers a unique blend of private label and designer brand products to over 150 countries across the globe.    Already #1 in many of its markets, Coastal is rapidly advancing toward its goal of becoming the "World's Vision Store."</p>


For further information: For further information: Jennifer Harvey, Communications Manager of Coastal Contacts Inc., +1-604-669-1555, ext. 322, Web Site:

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