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1-800 Contacts’ Lumen Optical Brick-and-Mortar ‘Test’ Rolls Along in the Chicago Market

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:10 AM

CHICAGO—Lumen Optical, a new optical store concept developed by 1-800 Contacts Inc., has opened its fourth location as it continues experimenting with the brick-and-mortar format in the Illinois market. The fourth Lumen location is within the city of Chicago, while the first three Lumen stores opened in 2016 in metro areas just outside of Chicago.

Signet Armorlite Continues Retail Initiative With Kodak Lens Location Opening in Missouri

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:15 PM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Lens maker Signet Armorlite Inc. continued to advance its U.S. retail initiative with the opening of a Kodak Lens| Eye Deology Vision location in the St. Louis metro area in early February. In addition, the company is completing the rebranding of two locations in the Detroit metro area (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) that will open shortly, according to Brian Glass, strategic growth manager at Signet Armorlite.

Wisconsin Vision to Open 40th Store at The Corners of Brookfield

By Mark Tosh
Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:15 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—Wisconsin Vision, the largest independently owned optical company in Wisconsin, will open its 40th location May 1 at The Corners of Brookfield, a new 750,000-square-foot lifestyle shopping destination with a lineup of premier retailers, the company announced.

Canada’s New Look Vision Group Completes Purchase of British Columbia Retailer

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) has completed its planned acquisition of the retail optical assets and business portion of western Canadian retailer Visions One Hour Optical Ltd., according to a statement issued by New Look Vision Group.

[Partner Post] Des Moines Practice Upgrades to Varilux Lenses for Increased Profit and Patient Satisfaction

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:10 AM DES MOINES, Iowa—As a major growth initiative in 2016, Real Optics, a 14-location practice located in Des Moines, Iowa, explored options to increase the quality of lenses it offered to patients, and after a thorough review of the line, Real identified Varilux products as the means to do so.

[Partner Post] Salt Lake City Practice Grows CL Sales 10 Percent, Credits Staff Training Programs

By Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:10 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—While contact lens business growth has largely remained flat across the industry, Standard Optical, an 18-location practice here, has grown contact lens sales 10 percent in the last year while increasing market share in its local contact lens arena.

For Metro Optics, It’s All About Serving the Community

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:15 AM

BRONX, N. Y.—Over the past three years, New York City’s Metro Optics has continued to expand its model of community–oriented eyecare by growing its outreach and engagement program and developing an e-commerce platform to increase its reach and service provision. The company, which operates four locations in the Bronx, has also invested in advanced technology for testing, diagnostics and treatment of eye disease. Additionally, it is one the first optical retailers in the country to offer high tech eyewear such as smart glasses.

Michael Kling, OD, to Share Customer X 360 Experience at VM LIVE Event on Sept. 14

By dba Staff
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:15 PM

NEW YORK—One of the country’s innovative optometrists, Michael Kling, OD, owner and CEO of Invision Optometry of San Diego, Calif. has joined the roster of speakers who will be addressing the topic of “Customer X 360,” examining how a mix of cutting edge technologies, data management and unique presentations are changing the customer experience, the theme of a new VM LIVE event at Vision Expo West on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Treehouse Eyes: A New Approach to Myopia Care for Kids,
A Plan For 20 Locations Within Two Years

By dba Staff
Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:50 PM

BOULDER, Colo.— Noting a myopia epidemic in the U.S. and around the world, a new business is being launched, conceived as a new model for treating the prevalent vision problem. In what’s described by its co-founders as the first-ever company in the U.S. dedicated solely to myopia care for kids, Treehouse Eyes has opened its first two locations, in Bethesda, Md. and in Tysons Corner, Va. Founded by industry veterans Gary Gerber, OD and Matt Oerding, a long time ophthalmic executive, the company said it plans to open 20 more centers in the next two years and about 75 in the next five years.”

National Vision, Inc. Partners With Boys & Girls Clubs of America

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:15 AM

“Preventive care measures are critical to supporting positive and comprehensive health and wellness of Boys & Girls Club members,” said Dr. Jennifer Bateman, national vice president of Health, Wellness and Gender at BGCA. “As an example, a pilot vision screening at the Matthews Club revealed that 43 percent of the young kids and teens tested needed further examination, and more than half of that group had never worn corrective eyewear.

Signet Armorlite Launches Retail Initiative in Indianapolis With Dr. Tavel

By dba Staff
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:15 PM

CARLSBAD, Calif.—With the launch this month of six Kodak Lens Dr. Tavel locations in the Indianapolis metro area, Signet Armorlite is implementing the next phase of its new U.S. retail initiative. The Kodak Lens retail initiative provides independent eyecare professionals (iECPs) that are committed to dispensing Kodak lenses with the opportunity to leverage the strength, recognition and value of the Kodak brand in their local markets. Existing iECP owners like Dr. Tavel retain full ownership of their stores.

Are You One of VM’s Top Retailers?

By dba Staff
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:05 PM
NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2016 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2015 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 16, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

Shopko Charts More Expansion With Additional Shopko Hometown Locations

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:15 AM

MINNEAPOLIS—Shopko projects continued growth over the next two years. Having opened 53 new stores in 2015, Shopko recently announced the opening of 10 new Shopko Hometown stores, bringing the total number of stores opened this year to 12. Once the addition of these 10 stores is complete, the company plans to continue to accelerate the addition of new Shopko Hometown stores through 2017.

Stanton Optical Reaches 50th Location Milestone

By dba Staff
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:15 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—On President’s Day earlier this month, Stanton Optical achieved a milestone with the opening of its 50th location in Knoxville, Tenn. The location will be a full-service store, equipped with a state-of-the-art optical lab. Stanton Optical caters to a wide range of eyecare needs, including one-hour prescription eyeglasses.

Bard Marks 75 Years With Community Effort:
75 Pairs for 75 Years Program

By dba Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:08 AM

PEORIA, Ill.—Bard Optical, with 20 locations throughout the state of Illinois, has launched a year-long campaign tying into the company’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary in 2016.

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