National Eyewear Chain Now Optics Relocates Headquarters to Delray Central

Grover Corlew owned and operated Delray Beach office complex will soon be part of a mixed-use development project planned for 2024

The South Florida-based real estate investment group, Grover Corlew, welcomes new tenant Now Optics, the parent company of leading affordable eyewear brands Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, to Delray Central.

The national eyewear chain has relocated the company headquarters to 14,438 sq. ft. at Delray Central, 1615 S. Congress Avenue, which is also the site for a planned mixed-use development project that will include Mayla Delray, an upscale 271-unit multifamily community with high-end lifestyle amenities.

Now Optics has renovated the space to include a corporate office and an innovative showroom where consumers receive eye exams, shop for glasses and leave with custom eyewear all during one short visit.

“The 1615 and 1625 S. Congress office buildings were originally developed for IBM several decades ago, which at the time featured the most innovative workplace design of that era,” said Partner Mark Corlew. “We’ve since completely renovated and rebranded these buildings to suit the modern needs of high-profile, national tenants such as Now Optics.”

Now Optics invested $800,000 to design the company’s new open-concept workspace which encourages collaboration and teamwork. Locally, more than 45 employees will benefit from themed meeting spaces, a photo studio and huddle rooms designed to inspire creativity and inspiration. The staff in the corporate office supports 290 My Eyelab and Stanton Optical stores across 29 states nationwide.

“Now Optics is a technology-focused, growing national brand that searched far and wide for the perfect new corporate home, ultimately choosing Delray Central due to its prime location and renovated interiors,” said Partner Anuj Grover. “This location was a sensible choice offering employees the ultimate work, live and play environment. Now Optics will also benefit from the high-end retail shoppers that frequent the area, Delray’s convenient location between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and the energy that the new Mayla Delray residential community will bring to the area.”

Acquired by Grover Corlew in 2015, the 176,148-sq.-ft., two-building Delray Central complex is close to I-95 and just off Linton Boulevard with proximity to downtown Delray Beach, numerous high-end residential communities and trendy shops, award-winning restaurants and boutique hotels. Delray Central, which offers 4.6:1,000 parking and suites ranging from 2,450 sq. ft. to more than 26,500 sq. ft., will soon be incorporated into a mixed-use development that will include an eight-story residential community with a ground floor retail corridor, green spaces and a dog park.

The project is planned for 2024 and will be the third in a new portfolio of multifamily residences under the brand name of Mayla Residences. The first is currently under construction in Pompano Beach and another will soon be under construction in the Cypress Creek area of Fort Lauderdale. Grover Corlew’s new Mayla Residences will create more connected, pedestrian-friendly communities, where people can live, work and play.

Deborah Fink of CBRE represented Grover Corlew in the transaction.