ORLANDO-Metris Co. Inc. of Minnetonka, MN, the country’s 11th largest credit card issuer, is scouting for additional office space to house a projected 200 new hires next year when it sets up a national Hispanic operations center here. The Minnesota company is consolidating call-center operations for several Hispanic-oriented products. Orlando has 300,000 Spanish-speaking individuals.

Metris bought Banco Popular’s Orlando customer service office last summer, planning to service the Puerto Rico-based bank’s credit card portfolio. Metris currently has a staff of 100 at its 5551 Vanguard St. offices near International Drive in the city’s tourist corridor. The bank occupies 5,000 sf at the same address.

The Orlando call center will be one of seven national Metris operational centers. Metris has $8 billion in receivables and four million credit-card customers. The bulk of the customers earn $35,000 or less. Metris has a co-branded card with La Curacao, a Southern California department store group.

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