BUSINESS: Retailers Specsavers Marks Landmark 2,500th Global Store With New British Columbia Location By Staff Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:15 AM SURREY, British Columbia, Canada—Specsavers announced in mid-June the opening of its newest location here in Surrey Central City, which marks the group's milestone 2,500th store opening around the world. Driven by their purpose of “changing lives through better sight,” Specsavers aims to open more than 200 clinics and optical stores across Canada by 2024, serving patients and customers in both urban and rural communities from coast to coast. Since opening its first Canadian location in the fall of 2021, Specsavers has opened a total of 12 locations across British Columbia. This latest location in Canada is being done alongside local owner and optometry partner Dr. Mannie Dhillon. All Specsavers clinics and optical stores are owned by local optometrists and opticians "under a supportive franchise partnership model that empowers optometrists to prioritize the needs of their communities and deliver the best eyecare possible," the company said. Specsavers made its entry into North America in May 2021, as VMAIL reported with the purchase of Image Optometry. Since then, Specsavers Canada has continued to expand. In January 2022, the company said it would invest invest $100 million (Canadian) in the Canadian expansion while creating 2,000 jobs. This past April, the company said it would spend $25 million to open 50 stores in the province of Alberta. Specsavers is the largest privately owned optometry group in the world. More than 3,500 optometrists, retail and audiologist joint venture partners own and operate 2,500 stores in countries around the globe, supported by 40,000 store and support office colleagues.