Eye-trepreneurs

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.

In Operation for More than a Century, Standard Optical Plans More Growth Under Third and Fourth Generation Leadership

By John Sailer
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:30 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Standard Optical is one of those rare companies that not only has passed the 100-year milestone but also remains in the hands of family members. Founded here in 1911 by Henry Schubach, Standard Optical is currently under the management of third and fourth generation family members, Stephen and Aaron Schubach, respectively.

Husband-and-Wife Optometrist Team Opens Fifth Location in Arizona

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:15 PM

PHOENIX, Ariz.—With the addition of its newest location, an acquisition of an existing practice in Glendale, Ariz., 20/20 Image Eye Centers now operates five locations in the vicinity of Phoenix, Ariz.

Bard Optical’s Owner Navigates Decades of Change Approaching 75th Anniversary

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:15 PM PEORIA, Ill.—As Bard Optical approaches its 75th year in business next year, the regional optical group with 20 locations throughout Illinois has had decades to learn what works and what doesn’t when running a multiple-location practice.

Morgenthal Frederics Opens in Washington, D.C., with Twelfth High-End Optical Shop

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the opening of a new location at the upscale retail hub known as CityCenterDC, Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) added its 12th Morgenthal Frederics high-end optical shop to its 61-store portfolio of luxury brands.

‘Sweat Equity’ Followed by Customer Service Brings All About Eyes to Its Tenth Anniversary

By dba Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:11 AM

NORMAL, Ill.—Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, HW Holdings, LLC, dba All About Eyes, has grown to 21 retail optical locations and ranked at number 33 among this year’s Vision Monday Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers with revenues of $25.5 million for calendar year 2014.

InVision Chooses Minneapolis’ Trendy North Loop for Its Fourth Location

By dba Staff
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:08 AM MINNEAPOLIS—InVision Distinctive Eyewear opened it fourth location in the trendy, fast-growing North Loop section of Minneapolis.

Chromos Eyewear Store and Give-Back Program Join the Norman Childs’ Family of Companies

By John Sailer
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 4:15 PM

PITTSBURGH—Continuing the family tradition, not only in eyewear but also in altruism, Daniel Childs has launched Chromos, a trifecta that consists of a line of eyewear, a store in the trendy Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, and a give-back program that provides eyecare and eyewear to the area’s underserved children. The son of Norman Childs, who founded Eyetique, 3 Guys Optical and Norman Childs Eyewear, Daniel Childs is following his father’s example with the launch of Chromos as part of the Childs’ family of companies.

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