Specsavers opens its fifth concession in Sainsbury’s, taking its overall UK and Ireland presence to 800 stores.
London, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is continuing its mission to provide customers with better choice and convenience with the opening of Specsavers’ 800th UK and Irish outlet in the supermarket’s Preston Deepdale store. The supermarket is also trialling a further group of Specsavers stores, with the total due to reach 15 by March.
The retailer now has a range of partners in stores which increase the offering for customers – from high-end food and drink brands such as Patisserie Valerie and Sushi Gourmet to more practical services including Lloyds Pharmacy, Timpsons and – of course – Specsavers. Following its acquisition of Home Retail Group in 2016, Sainsbury’s has rolled out over 100 Argos digital stores in its estate with plans for 165 by Christmas and 250 by March 2019. Sainsbury’s has also opened 11 mini Habitats in its stores.
Dean Clegg, Director of Property, Sainsbury’s said: “We’re always looking for ways to provide customers with greater choice and convenience in our stores. We are delighted to be the location of Specsavers’ 800th store and it’s a great example of how we are broadening and differentiating our in-store offer to give shoppers even more reasons to visit Sainsbury’s.”
Specsavers celebrated its 800th store with a grand opening attended by its co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins and – in a nod to the store’s location on Flintoff Way – cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.
Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder, Specsavers, commented: “Sainsbury’s vision to provide greater choice and convenience to its customers perfectly aligns with our mission to raise awareness of the importance of eye tests and to provide professional and affordable eye care to all. The Deepdale store is the fifth we have opened in a Sainsbury’s since August last year. We are delighted with the success of this collaboration.”
As with all Specsavers stores, Deepdale offers eye tests and hearing tests, contact lens fitting, and a range of affordable and designer glasses. It features the latest technology including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which is usually found in hospital eye departments, and can be used to help screen for and manage conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
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