Coastal Contacts Inc.
TSX : COA

Coastal Contacts Inc.

April 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Coastal Contacts Appoints Senior Eyeglasses Lab Manager

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire – April 2, 2009) –

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Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX:COA) announced today the appointment of Scott Turnbull as Senior Lab Manager for its growing eyeglasses business.

Having spent more than 23 years in the optical industry, Mr. Turnbull has worked as an optician and most recently as Lab Manager with Essilor Canada Ltd, (Nasdaq:ESLOY) at one of the largest eyeglasses manufacturing facilities in Canada. Prior to his most recent position, Mr. Turnbull founded Canadian Optometric Solutions, an optometric practice management consulting business in British Columbia.

"Mr. Turnbull's professional career in the industry has given him the knowledge and skills to successfully manage large lab operations and the ability to handle our order volume, without compromising the high quality standards that we have established." Said Roger Hardy, Coastal Contacts President and CEO. "We are pleased to have him join our team, contribute to our continued growth and lead our eyeglasses manufacturing group."

Coastal launched its eyeglasses business in February 2008 and has rapidly become a leader in the direct to consumer eyeglasses channel passing savings on to customers. Customers are delighted to have access to high quality eyeglasses at previously unheard of prices.

About Coastal Contacts:

Coastal Contacts Inc. (www.coastalcontacts.com) is the world's leading direct-to-consumer vision products company which designs, produces and distributes a diversified offering such as contact lenses and eyeglasses. The Company's unique combination of branded and private label products represent quality, value and above all, service. Coastal sells into more than 150 countries through proprietary web properties which reflect the culture and consumer preference of the target market. As new markets for eyeglasses and contact lenses evolve, the Company is positioned to become the vision product consumer's retailer of choice owing to its unbeatable value proposition combining value and service. Already No. 1 in many of its markets, Coastal is rapidly advancing toward its goal of becoming the "World's Optical Store".

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of Coastal Contacts Inc. with respect to its performance, business and future events. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, those relating to changes in the market, potential downturns in economic conditions, consumer credit risk, limited suppliers, inventory risk, disruption in our distribution facilities, foreign exchange fluctuations, changes in business strategy, regulatory requirements, demand for contact lenses and other vision care products, competition, dependence on the internet and other risks detailed in our filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Reference should be made to the section entitled "Risk Factors" contained in our most recently filed Annual Information Form dated January 29, 2009 for a detailed description of the risks and uncertainties relating to our business. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as required by applicable law, Coastal Contacts does not undertake any obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary forward-looking statements.

Neither the TSX nor any other regulatory body has reviewed and therefore does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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