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    Warby Parker to boost brick-and-mortar retail


    Bloomberg reports that Warby Parker , the U.S. omnichannel optical retailer, is planning to open more than 30 brick-and-mortar stores in the country before the end of the year, which would bring its total number of retails locations up to roughly 160. Neil Blumenthal , a founder and co-CEO ...

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    Opticalia expands retail footprint


    The Spanish-based optical group Opticalia has extended its retail presence to a total of 1,111 locations since the start of the year across Spain, Portugal, Colombia and Morocco, according to a report in the trade publication Look Vision . 75 new members have reportedly joined Opticalia’s network, including 35 ...

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    Cione launches new web portal for members


    Cione , one of the leading buying groups in Spain and Portugal, is launching a new shopping website for its 900 members. Called MyShop , the online platform is said to offer a simplified purchase process for opticians, with the integration on a single page of the key information for ...

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    CECOP held first National Optics Award


    CECOP , the Spanish-based buying group, held the first edition of its National Optics Awards ( NOA ) online, remitting awards to industry suppliers in eighteen product categories based on criteria such as product innovation, design or service to the optician. The awarded companies include Essilor , Hoya , ...

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    Kering Eyewear launches new retail concept


    Kering Eyewear is launching its Digital Retail Concept, a new store design in which digital screens play branded videos that can be updated at any time, switching from multi-brand to single brand contents and therefore allowing for a quick and easy change in the store lay-out. The new concept ...

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    Specsavers reportedly setting up Canadian office


    According to well-informed sources in Canada, Specsavers is about to rebrand to its own banner the practices of Image Optometry , the independent network of eighteen stores and franchises that the U.K.-based retail group took over a few weeks ago . Canada would then become the eleventh country where ...

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    Fielmann soft-launches lens fitting app


    In the year 2020, despite the Covid-19 crisis and related retail restrictions, online sales of prescription eyewear in Germany stagnated at around one percent of total market sales according to the latest statistics from the national opticians’ association ( ZVA ). Commenting on this somewhat surprising data in Fielmann ’s ...

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    Riley partners with Vision Express for RX safety eyewear


    Globus Group , a British specialist in personal protective equipment for industry and healthcare, has signed a partnership with Vision Express , a retail chain from the GrandVision group with over 550 retail locations in the U.K. and Ireland, for the supply of prescription protective eyewear under its Riley ...

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    Luz partners with two regional chains in France


    Luz , a French buying group that boasts more than 1,800 members, is partnering with two of its affiliates, Optik Budget and Benocle , to help them develop their respective store network and concept in France. Optik Budget addresses the entry level segment of the market and currently operates ...

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    Specsavers takes over Canadian independent chain


    Specsavers set foot in North America in March through the acquisition of the Canadian optometry chain Image Optometry , according to a recent report by Vision Monday . Image Optometry has a network of ten directly operated stores and eight franchises in the British Columbia region and currently employs ...

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    VSP partners with Zeiss and Hoya


    VSP Global announced that it would add Carl Zeiss Vision and HOYA Vision Care lenses and treatments into its VSP Global Premier Program starting July 1, in addition to its own VSP Optics products. The decision comes after the VSP network’s doctors asked for a ...

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    Acquisitions and digitization fuel New Look Vision’s growth


    New Look Vision Group , the Canadian-based retail group, reported a high double-digit increase in revenues for the third consecutive quarter, confirming a quick recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. After respective growths of 17 percent and 25 percent in Q3 and Q4 in the ...

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    Optic 2000 supplants Krys in French retailer ranking


    The results are in for the 12th edition of a ranking called “France’s Favorite Retail Brands” (Enseignes Préférées des Français), based on a survey by and EYParthenon of 8,000 French consumers over 18 years of age. Leroy Merlin , a chain of big-box hardware stores, reigns supreme ...

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    CECOP and KIMERvisión join forces in Spain


    CECOP Group , the Spanish-based international buying group, and KIMERvisión , a distributor of optical products with more than 600 associated member opticians in Spain, have agreed to form a strategic alliance in the country. According to the terms of this agreement, both companies will be operating independently but under ...

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    Mister Spex up double digits, opens first stores abroad


    Mister Spex , the German-based omnichannel retailer, announced last week that its 2020 revenues grew by 18 percent last year as compared to 2019, reaching €164 million. The company registered a double-digit hike in sales both in Germany and in its international markets. Dirk Graber , founder ...

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    Fielmann enters Czech market, eyes France


    During Fielmann ’s annual press conference, Marc Fielmann , CEO of the company, announced that the German-based retail group was about to enter the Czech Republic, a new step forward in its internationalization strategy. The first shop will be opened in Prague next month and the group ...

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    Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted for all French stores


    All shops operating in large malls in France should be able to reopen their doors from May 19 onwards, following the recent announcements by French president Emmanuel Macron about the progressive lift of business restrictions in relation to the Covid-19 crisis. According to Acuité , about 1,700 optical shops, ...

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    Hallmann Optik launches franchise format


    Hallmann Optik , the optical retail chain operating in Germany and Denmark, reported a 28 percent year-on-year increase in revenues for 2020 to €46 million. The growth was fueled by the opening of 18 new stores during the year, bringing the total number of retail locations to 85 in Germany ...

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    Internationalization fueled Fielmann Q1 sales' growth


    Fielmann Group reported a 9.2 percent year-on-year increase in external sales including VAT and changes in inventories to €444.9 million, a revenue level also higher than in Q1 2019. The increase was mostly attributable to the integration of the recently acquired Óptica Audiologia Universitaria business in ...

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    French home opticians’ network raises €7.5 m


    Founded in 2015, Les Opticiens Mobiles is a French network of opticians providing their services on site, at retirement homes to elderly people, at companies’ offices for employees or at the home of people who need prescription eyewear but are unable or unwilling to visit an optical store. After ...