Cercle Optique, a ten-year-old French voluntary group of opticians, has launched a new investment vehicle to support new initiatives in the area of artificial intelligence, sustainability and innovative store design. The group is inviting its retail members and any other opticians to take part in investments worth €250,000 in four or five projects of this kind, covering between 20 and 30 percent of the total investment. The cooperative counted a total of 530 affiliated stores at the end of 2018, a majority of them located in the Paris region. It is targeting a network of 600 stores by the end of 2019.

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