Tokyo-Based Retailer Jins Opens First U.S. Flagship Store in San Francisco, Launches E-Commerce Site

By Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015 12:24 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Tokyo-based Jins opened its first U.S. flagship store here on Friday. The 4,900-square-foot retail space will display 1,200 different styles of Jins exclusive eyewear, priced from $60 to $120. Known for its hip, affordable eyewear, Jins will offer four featured frame styles in the U.S.

Vision Monday Again Ranking the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers

By Staff
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2015 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2014 calendar year.

FFL Partners Makes Growth Investment in Clarkson Eyecare

By Staff
Monday, April 06, 2015 8:00 AM SAN FRANCISCO—FFL Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on middle market companies, is announcing today that it has completed a growth investment in Clarkson Eyecare, Inc., a leading independent, full service eyecare provider. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Highmark Health Reports ‘Record’ 2014 for Visionworks, Expansion Plans for New York and Michigan in 2015

By Staff
Friday, April 03, 2015 12:24 AM PITTSBURGH—In his first report on the consolidated financial performance of Highmark Health since being named president and CEO 10 months ago, David Holmberg announced that the company’s revenue grew by $1 billion in 2014, in part due to its strong performance in the vision sector.

VuePoint, Jobson Research and Summit Strategy Group Collaborate to Bring Market Research Services to Canada

By Staff
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:21 AM TORONTO, Ontario and NEW YORK—A new three-party collaboration among Jobson Optical Research Group and Canadian firms VuePoint IDS and Summit Strategy Group will soon launch advanced marketing research services for the Canadian optical and vision care markets.

Luxottica Named Among Top 10 Specialty Retailers for Customer Service and Satisfaction

By Staff
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:18 AM RANDOLPH, N.J.—Luxottica Group tied for eighth place among the Top 10 Specialty Retailers for 2015 selected by RIS News, a business magazine for the retail community.

Message in a Portal

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM Enlivened by the digital age, regional optical retailers are moving from the traditional to the electronic, linking both to have far greater impact than either alone.

Doug Harris to Head Glasses.com; Privitera Leaves Luxottica

By Staff
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Doug Harris, vice president of production and operations for Glasses.com, will head the online eyewear business going forward, following the departure of Carlo Privitera, formerly president of Glasses.com, a division of Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) who left the company earlier this month, VMail has learned.

Glasses.com Rebrands, Redesigns Website, and Introduces Try-At-Home Program Including Rx Lenses

By Staff
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:24 AM SALT LAKE CITY—Glasses.com today launched a new brand identity that includes a new logo and website redesign.

Five Generations, 100 Years, Moscot Celebrates a Century in Business

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 AM NEW YORK—In today’s disposable mindset economy, a business that survives for five or 10 years has a lot to celebrate. A business that not only survives but continues to grow and thrive? Now they need to throw one doozy of a party.

A Look Back at 100 Years of Moscot

By Deirdre Carroll
Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:30 PM NEW YORK—A hundred years gives you a lot of history to pull from. For a company with as much character as Moscot, that history is quite colorful.

LegitScript Launches iCareRx Online Optical Retailing Certification Program

By Staff
Monday, March 02, 2015 12:27 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—LegitScript launched an online optical retailing certification program today that the internet compliance firm developed in conjunction with members of several U.S. professional vision-related associations and leading optical retailers and suppliers, as first reported by VMail, Nov. 24, 2014.

Auction Starts for Luxury Eyewear From AOS/MacKeyser Bankruptcy

By Staff
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:26 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—A schedule has been set for the auction of over 3,000 pieces of luxury eyewear from  the assets of the bankrupt American Optical Services/MacKeyser Holdings.

GrandVision IPO Could Value Company Between €4.4 Billion and €5.4 Billion

By Staff
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:26 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision announced on Jan. 26 an indicative price range of between €17.50 and €21.50 a share for its planned public offering (IPO), a move anticipated for some time, as VMail has reported.

Tokyo-Based Eyewear Retailer Jins to Open U.S. Flagship Store in San Francisco

By Staff
Monday, January 26, 2015 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO— Jins, a Tokyo-based optical retailer known for its hip, affordable eyewear, announced plans to expand into the U.S. market with the opening of its first U.S. flagship store in San Francisco in Spring 2015.
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