Alain Afflelou will open next September the first collective training center for its franchisees, offering to their executives and employees 2-day courses and longer ones on optics, general and sales management, data processing and other topics. The school will be located inside the group's spacious new headquarters in Aubervilliers. About 70 employees move there last November from Afflelou's prestigious yet small head office on Paris' Champs-Elysées. To facilitate their move, the management is placing at their disposal 20 Smart cars which will bear the company's corporate advertising.