BUSINESS: Retailers Shopko Optical Acquires Minnesota’s InnoVision Eyecare Practice By Staff Tuesday, March 29, 2022 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has acquired InnoVision Eyecare, which had operated eyecare centers in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., according to an announcement on Monday. Dr. Gareth S. Hataye closed InnoVision Eyecare on March 24, but will continue optometric care for his patients at Shopko Optical’s new Albert Lea location at 1629 Blake Ave., and also at Shopko Optical’s existing Austin location at 1004 8th Ave. NW, beginning this week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Shopko Optical operates approximately 125 optical center locations across 12 states, primarily in the Midwest and Far West. The company has made four eyecare acquisitions since December. “We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Dr. Hataye and his patients to this new Shopko Optical center in Albert Lea, along with our existing location in Austin,” Russ Steinhorst, Shopko Optical’s chief executive officer, said in the announcement. “Our new patients will be pleased to receive the same thorough and trusted eyecare they have come to rely on, with an enhanced eyewear offering and convenient extended hours.” “Shopko Optical’s demonstrated approach to personalized and comprehensive care makes them a trusted pillar in the eyecare industry,” Hataye added. “And I’m thrilled to join their team and continue my practice at the Austin location as well as the new Albert Lea center.” In addition, Shopko Optical’s Kids in Focus program will work with the Albert Lea and Austin local Lions Clubs to identify eligible children within the area to receive a comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses at no charge from Shopko Optical. Those looking to participate can contact their local Lions Club. Shopko Optical accepts most major vision plans, including EyeMed, UHC Vision, Davis Vision, Superior Vision, Avesis, and others, the announcement noted. Shopko Optical is also an open-access provider for VSP.Shopko Optical is the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, an affiliate of the private investment firm Monarch Alternative Capital.