An eye care company is building a new $6-million headquarters in the region.
Rx Optical said it broke ground last week on the 22,000-square-foot building in Kalamazoo, on South Park Street.
The building will house optician training facilities, talent management and recruiting services, insurance billing and other administrative departments.
The headquarters should be completed next July.
“The new headquarters will provide us the platform to grow our retail locations for the next 20 years,” said George Jepson, VP of marketing, Rx Optical. “Naturally, we’ll have to grow out corporate staff with the retail growth. This expansion is to benefit our existing staff and onboarding of new employees."
The project is part of $9 million in recent investments by the company in Kalamazoo, which Rx expects will create 23 jobs.
Rx Optical said today it will also open a new $260,000 store this fall on Drake Road in Kalamazoo, the company’s seventh store in the Kalamazoo area.
The headquarters will bring the company’s corporate campus in Kalamazoo to more than 40,000 square feet, including a recently completed $3-million expansion of the company’s medical patient care area, retail space and laboratories.
The corporate campus is on a 4.5-acre piece of the 12-acre Park Place Campus. Park Place of Kalamazoo is the developer of the site.
Rx Optical leases three buildings from Park Place of Kalmazoo: its current headquarters; laboratory and retail space; and a facility with a medical center and office space.
After Rx's new headquarters is completed, the current Rx Optical headquarters, on the Park Place Campus, will be leased to new tenants.
Rx Optical was founded in 1947 in Kalamazoo with a storefront in the State Theater.
The company produces lenses and dispenses contact lenses. It also offers eye exams and sells sunglasses and safety glasses.
Rx Optical has 53 retail locations in Michigan: Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Battle Creek, Niles, Three Rivers, Sturgis, Coldwater, Ionia, Hastings and more.
The company also has a presence in Angola, Kendallville and Elkhart, Indiana.