Specsavers plans to open over 20 franchises in Spain and Portugal over the next three years. Among other locations they are set to open along the Costa del Sol, the Balearic islands, Gran Canaria and in the Algarve region of Portugal. They are homes to significant communities of expatriates from countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark where Specsavers is already trading. Specsavers opened its first Spanish franchised store in Jávea in April 2006, followed by a second one in Fuengirola in February. Both have traded beyond Specsvers' expectations. A third one is due to open early this summer in Torrevieja, and the company is seeking locations in Gibraltar and Benidorm. The franchise model follows that already launched in Norway and Sweden. There are two options ? a franchising model for optometrists with a minimum of three years' experience running a Specsavers business, and a joint venture model offered to opticians with the same level of experience who would need to create the franchise together with a Specsavers partner. The eye vision tests are the same as those conducted in the UK. Specsavers is targeting British franchisees that will then employ local Spaniards to work in the outlets.