MONROE — Locals now have another option in town when shopping for prescription eyewear. Eyemart Express is celebrating the grand opening of its first store in Monroe. This marks the retailer’s 14th location in North Carolina.

Located at 2929 Monroe Way, Eyemart Express has an onsite lab and lens technicians who can make eye glasses and prescription sunglasses in as little as 30 minutes. The retailer carries more than 2,000 frames.

“Busy customers leave with high-quality glasses, and still have time to spend with their families when they shop with us,” said Esmeralda Gonzalez, Eyemart Express Director of Marketing, in a release. “We make prescription eyewear accessible to everyone and every budget.”

Eyemart Express created around a dozen new jobs in Monroe, ranging from full- and part-time sales associates to lab technicians and licensed opticians. The optical retailer offers a variety of training and development programs to cultivate career paths in the optical industry.