New store in Talbot Green, Llantrisant
Talbot Green Retail Park welcomed a new Specsavers store in July, which created 10 new jobs for the Cardiff region.
The latest Specsavers store is part-owned and run by optometrists Hannah Davies and Adam Thomas, and operates extended opening hours to give patients easier access to eyecare.
The 1,250 sq ft store is the 34th Specsavers store to open in Wales and offers a full range of optical care facilities and plenty of glasses.
Staff work closely with local Welsh GPs to deliver the new Wales Eye Care Initiative (WECI) which means that patients can be seen directly following a referral from their GP, or can make an appointment with the Talbot Green store in person, to avoid the need for hospital visits where possible.
The partners are particularly keen to build and develop a strong relationship with the local Llantrisant community.
Adam Thomas, who has been with Specsavers for around six years, says 'Specsavers is a community opticians and we want to build our relationship with the local community right from the beginning'.
'We hope to be able to invite local schools to the new store to show them what we do and give them an understanding as to why eyecare is so important, and I would love for schools that are interested to get in touch with the store.'
Hannah Davies has worked for Specsavers since 2004 and until recently was the manager of the Bridgend store says 'Convenience is a major factor in encouraging people to have their eyes tested regularly and we know that many people struggle to get to an opticians during the week, particularly if they are working or have children in school.'
'With our new store we wanted to make eyecare easier for more people to access, and opening for longer during the week and at weekends means that there is more opportunity to make an appointment at a time that suits you.'