Staff from Specsavers celebrated in style as their store re-opened on Sauchiehall Street following the devastating blaze which forced its closure in March 2018.

Radio presenter, Cassi Gillespie, officially launched the new state-of-the-art store with a ribbon cutting to mark a new beginning for the opticians while celebrating its new forever location.

Non-stop entertainment

Clyde 1’s roadshow led the party at the store, with DJ Gavin Pearson playing host and providing entertainment, music and competitions to celebrate the launch. In addition, tribal drum and pipe band, Clanadonia, hosted an exclusive performance outside the new store.

Drawing in crowds of Glasgow shoppers, the five-piece band enrolled the help of passers-by and members of the local football club, Pollok United – a team local football that’s sponsored by the store – as part of their high energy mix of Celtic beats and highland bagpipes.

In addition, the Specsavers interactive sight loss simulator, the Eye Pod, was positioned on Buchanan Street to help educate the public about the importance of eye health and regular eye tests.

Eye health awareness

Demonstrating how the four main eye conditions – AMD, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts – can affect your sight, the Specsavers RNIB Eye Pod features two cameras on top of the pod which link to screens inside where the public can view their surroundings with symptoms of each condition.

Store directors Arlene Stephenson and Sarah Freel were delighted with the success of the celebratory event.

A word from our store director

Arlene said: ‘This is a proud day for everyone at the store as we are now officially back on Sauchiehall Street with a state-of-the-art store and equipment that can’t be found anywhere else in Scotland. ‘We are thrilled that Cassi stopped by to mark our official launch as well as all of our other special guests.

We can’t wait to see our Sauchiehall Street customers at our shiny new store, and hopefully, we’ll see some new faces too.’

The new store will feature eight state-of-the-art test rooms equipped with the latest clinical equipment for eye examinations and a dedicated audiology room which features soundproof technology.

As well as an on-site lab enabling same-day prescriptions, the store will feature Eye Refract, an exciting new piece of technology that uses wavefront technology to measure a patient’s glasses prescription – which is a first for Scotland.

The store will also feature OCT scanning which allows opticians to look beneath the surface of the eye capturing both 2D and 3D images from inside. 3D eye scanning technology and BlephEx equipment which provides treatment for the common eye complaint, blepharitis will also be available.

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