Imperial Capital Forms Total Eye Care Partners and Brings Gaddie Eye Centers on Board

By dba Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:05 AM CINCINNATI—Imperial Capital Group, a Toronto-based private equity fund manager, has formed a new company, Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP), and launched a platform that will seek partnerships with optometrists and assist in managing medically focused optometry practices across the U.S.

Ontario’s Eyes on Market Joins FYidoctors, Marking First Brantford Location

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:05 PM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors has announced that the Brantford, Ontario, optometry practice Eyes on Market has become part of the FYidoctors organization, marking the latter’s first location in Brantford.

SEE Eyewear’s Richard Golden Keeping Busy Charting Retailer’s Next Moves

By dba Staff
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:15 PM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—There’s no slowing down these days for Richard Golden, the longtime optical industry executive who is overseeing the steady growth of SEE Eyewear.

Recently Named CEO Pellerito Sees Opportunities for Frameri’s Move into New Markets

By Staff
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:05 AM CINCINNATI—In just a few months, recently installed Frameri chief executive officer Sam Pellerito is settling nicely into his new role.

My Eyelab Works With NFL Players in ‘Shark Tank’ Type Business Presentation

By dba Staff
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:05 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab, which is in the midst of a franchising push, held a July 7 “business opportunity” presentation with several National Football League players represented by The Sports & Entertainment Group, a Washington, D.C.-based sports agency.

My Eyelab Launches ‘Strategic Franchise Program’ With Four Priority Markets

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:15 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab, a unit of Vision Precision Holdings, has launched a “strategic franchise program” that will emphasize single- and multi-unit franchise opportunities in the “priority markets of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas,” according to a My Eyelab announcement earlier this month.

National Vision Honors 115 Optometrists With Anniversary Milestone During Annual CE Symposium

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:05 PM CHICAGO—At its annual continuing education symposium held here earlier this month, National Vision Inc. recognized 115 optometrists affiliated with the company for service milestones, which ranged from five to 25 years. The honorees were presented with awards in front of more than 700 of their optometry peers at an awards dinner, which was held during the retailer’s annual CE symposium.

Rx Optical Stays True to its Formula for Success and Adds New Offices at Measured Pace

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:15 PM

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Rx Optical, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has followed the same patient-first philosophy since its founding in 1947 here in Kalamazoo. That philosophy, coupled with slow-but-steady growth plans, has enabled the eyecare provider to become the leading eyecare provider in the state of Michigan with 53 offices across this state as well as Indiana.

Stanton Optical Continues Expansion Efforts and Opens First Office in Mississippi

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:15 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical, an optical retailer owned by Vision Precision Holdings, continued its 2017 push into new markets late last month with the opening of the company’s first location in Mississippi.

Canada’s Hakim Optical Celebrates 50th Anniversary and Honors its Founder

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:10 PM TORONTO— Hakim Optical, one of Canada's largest optical retailers, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special event that drew some top political figures in Ontario. Overall, more than 300 guests attended the Optical Gala held here to commemorate Hakim Optical’s Golden Jubilee.

SVS Vision Celebrates 10 Years of Operational Success and Looks Forward to Continued Growth

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:15 PM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.— Ken Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, began a management partnership 10 years ago this month that has produced an optical success story almost unmatched in the eyecare sector.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Changes Its Name to Specialty Eye Institute

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:10 PM JACKSON, Mich.— TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, an optical business that traces its roots to 1978, has changed the company name to Specialty Eye Institute. The new name is a better reflection of the company’s array of services and its “dedication to eyecare for patients,” according to an announcement made in late March.

Are You One of VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers?

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2016 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 15, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

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.