FYidoctors Continues Growth in Ontario With Addition of Innisfil Eye Care

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:30 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, has added Innisfil Eye Care to its operating group, according to an announcement Monday. The practice is operated by Dr. Morrie Sher, who received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 1985. Privately held, FYidoctors is optometrist-owned and operated, and now has more than 500 optometrists, 250 locations and 2,700 employees as part of its portfolio. “Now with over 40 locations across the province, Ontario continues to be an important market for FYi and it’s expansion,” chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer said in the announcement.

National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants.

AEG Vision Notes Numerous Innovations and Enhancements as Practices Reopen, Remains 'Optimistic' About Expansion Strategy

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 150 leading optometry practices, has successfully reopened all locations after temporarily closing during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thelios and Rimowa Announce Partnership for Rimowa Eyewear

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Thelios and luxury luggage brand Rimowa have announced an exclusive partnership for the design, production and distribution of Rimowa Eyewear. This is Rimowa's first full eyewear collection. Rimowa Eyewear's first collection will be the Summer 2020 collection.

Marcolin and Moncler Announce Early Renewal of Licensing Agreement

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Moncler have announced the early renewal of their worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses, eyeglasses and ski masks under the branding of Moncler Lunettes.

Canada’s FYidoctors Opens First Clinic in Northwestern Ontario

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-owned eyecare company, has announced that Cousineau Eye Centre has joined the FYidoctors brand. The addition of the Cousineau Eye Centre marks the first FYidoctors location in Fort Frances, Ontario, and the northwestern Ontario region, according to an announcement Monday. Dr. Thomas Cousineau, who received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1987, established the Cousineau Eye Centre more than 30 years ago. The clinic offers a complete range of family eyecare services with a major emphasis in ocular health. The Cousineau Eye Centre also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome using a variety of screening and treatment options.

Eyemart Express Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Helping People See Better’ and Marks Anniversary With ‘Pay It Forward’ Initiative

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express is celebrating its 30th anniversary by recommitting to its founding mission, “Improving Lives by Helping People See Better,” and will engage with associates and customers to mark this milestone through several other programs, according to a recent announcement. These programs include offering customer giveaways, inviting store associates to participate in “Pay It Forward” programs, seeking to improve lives with charitable giving, and the launch of a commemorative eyewear collection, among other promotions.

GrandVision Secures Additional Funding, Announces Amendment to Credit Facility

By Staff
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:30 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV), the international optical retail group, said Monday that it has obtained an additional liquidity facility of €400 million as well as an amendment to its existing (2019–2024) €1.2 billion revolving credit facility (RCF).

Shopko Optical Expands Team of Optometrists in Several Regions

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has added to its professional staff in several Midwest markets, according to recent announcements. Most recently, the optical retailer noted that Melinda Kennel, OD, has joined its team of optometrists in Nebraska. She will see patients in or near the Norfolk, Neb., area and has specialties in contact lens fitting, primary care, pediatric vision and vision therapy. “Dr. Kennel has a lifelong passion for eye care, and we are thrilled to have her join our exceptional staff of optometrists,” Shopko Optical chief executive officer Russ Steinhorst said in the announcement.

For Eyes and Walgreens Enhance Optical Partnership With New e-Commerce Website

By Staff
Friday, June 19, 2020 12:30 AM DEERFIELD, Ill. and MIRAMAR, Fla.—For Eyes, which initiated an optical partnership with Walgreens earlier this year, has expanded the arrangement with a new co-branded website featuring a wide assortment of eyewear available for purchase. The new website is accessible at walgreens.foreyes.com.

Pearle Vision Signs Area Development Agreement for Sacramento Market

By Staff
Friday, June 19, 2020 12:15 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision announced this week that it has signed a new area development agreement for the Sacramento, Calif., market. Businessman Sachin Patel, whose wife operates a LensCrafters office in California, plans to open three Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers to serve the areas of Sacramento, Roseville, Rockland and Elk Grove. Pearle Vision earlier this year announced franchise development agreements covering about a dozen office locations in California and Colorado markets, as VMAIL reported. 

Standard Optical's CEO Aaron Schubach: VM's Conversations With Top 50 Retail Leaders

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A major re-examination of its business in mid year of 2019 and subsequent investments in several new technologies, new types of communications with patients, and a rebranding which included its physical stores and its overall marketing and social media, helped Utah's optical retail leader, Standard Optical, as last year was ending and 2020 was beginning. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

GrandVision’s Business Update Details International Sales Recovery and Notes Consumer Shift to Online Sales

By Staff
Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:18 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV) said in a business update this week that its worldwide “operational situation has developed considerably” since May when it issued first-quarter sales results that were significantly impacted by COVID-19. 

Eyes of Faith Announces Health Care Partnership With Medi-Share

By Staff
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:18 AM SHARON, Penn.—Eyes of Faith and Christian Care Ministry (CCM), which offers the Medi-Share health care sharing program, have announced a partnership to offer savings to the Christian community.

Eyemart Express Announces Reopening of All 219 Optical Locations

By Staff
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express reported Monday that all 219 of its optical stores are now “fully operational and serving customers.” It marked the first time for this occurrence since the company suspended operations in March due to COVID-19, the announcement noted. The optical retailer initially began reopening stores on May 1 as it was safe to do so. Every store has adopted new enhanced safety protocols to best serve customers and provide a seamless shopping experience.