BUSINESS Specsavers Surpasses 100-Store Milestone in Canada By Staff Monday, February 12, 2024 12:21 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Specsavers, a leading eyecare and eyewear provider, has opened its 100th store in Canada. This milestone comes just after Specsavers celebrated its two-year anniversary in Canada, and a successful entry into Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, with stores slated to open in Manitoba in summer 2024. The company recently achieved a Great Place to Work certification, and its expansive network now includes more than 200 optometrists, 250 opticians and 1,000 eyecare consultants, according to an announcement. "Behind our success in Canada is a growing network of eyecare and retail professionals who provided 250,000 eye exams and 450,000 pairs of glasses to Canadians last year. These are exciting numbers as 20 percent of our locations have been open for less than six months," said Bill Moir, managing director, Specsavers Canada. "As Specsavers surpasses its 100th store milestone, we intend to continue to show Canadians our unwavering commitment to eye health and community impact. Every day, our colleagues and partners are delivering clinical and retail excellence in local communities while creating a great culture that is inclusive and driven by purpose," Moir said. Specsavers optometry and retail partners attend an Ontario regional meeting, April 2023 (CNW Group/Specsavers Canada). With more new stores slated to open in 2024, and eye exam bookings and trading at its current locations growing rapidly, the company has set a new goal: to care for 1 million Canadians a year by 2025. Specsavers stores are locally co-owned by an optometry partner, who is a practicing optometrist, and a retail partner, who is an optician or an experienced retail professional. Clinics located within Specsavers are wholly owned and operated by the local optometry partner, who receives comprehensive clinical support allowing them to focus on patient care. All clinics within Specsavers locations are equipped with advanced clinical technology, according to the company. In addition to Specsavers' customer promotions, established locations benefit from the patient recall program as well as a history of customer reviews and referrals. The first Specsavers in Canada, located on Vancouver Island, is forecast to care for over 15,000 patients and customers in 2024 and achieve over $4.5 million in retail revenue, which is almost six times higher than before the location was converted to a Specsavers location, according to the company. Specsavers is an optometrist-owned and led business that provides Canadians access to comprehensive eye exams at more than 100 independently-owned optometric practices located within Specsavers locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Manitoba locations are set to open in summer 2024. Specsavers Canada is a part of the Specsavers Optical Group, a British multinational optical group which operates offices in the U.K., Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.