Specsavers in Wallasey unveiled its newly refurbished and extended store last weekend during a special fundraising day hosted by some of its favourite furry friends.

Specsavers in the Cherry Tree Centre teamed up with local charity Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to launch its new look store, which has seen it expand into an adjoining unit, almost doubling in size.

The store now boasts three additional testing rooms, one of which is dedicated to hearing care, while another provides specialist contact lens support, significantly enhancing the service it is able to provide for local people.

The changes mean that the store has expanded its total retail floor space and seating area by a huge 250% allowing the store to better meet demand and provide a far more enhanced service to its growing customer base.

More frames are now on display too. Specsavers offers two for one on all frames priced £69 and over. Designer glasses, including Firetrap, Gok Wan, Replay, Jeff Banks, Karl Lagerfeld and French Connection, start from £99.

Ken Roberts, store director at Specsavers in Wallasey says: 'The store looks really impressive – many of our regular customers have already commented on how modernised and professional it looks while staff have noticed it has already attracted interest from new customers.’

Ken continues: ‘The addition of new contact lens and hearing rooms means that we can offer a more dedicated service for these areas, including private consultation. We are looking forward to offering an improved and expanded service to even more customers as a result of this work.’

On the special launch day, the local community were invited to the store to see its new look and to also meet representatives from the Guide Dogs Association, which included two guide dogs and two trainee guide dog puppies.

Sue Gee, chairperson of the Guide Dog’s fundraising committee in Wallasey says: ‘We were delighted to be invited to help launch the improved Specsavers store in Wallasey.

The whole day was very successful and our trainers, the Specsavers staff and the dogs collectively pulled out all of the stops to make sure everyone had a great time.

‘Specsavers in Wallasey provides a very professional, vital care service to local, partially sighted people and it’s brilliant that they have now extended and improved the store’s offering to look after more residents in the area.’

Cherry Tree Centre opticians

The store refurbishment looks set to make the Cherry Tree Centre store the first port of call for eye and hearing services in the area, as the renovations will mean that its service capacity will increase by 75%.

The refurbishment also includes the launch of a specialist hearing area which includes a soundproof room, a facility that looks set to be invaluable in improving its hearcare service.

In addition to the expanded resources, the store’s entire appearance has also been updated with a new shop front and an enhanced colour scheme.

To celebrate the launch of the new store, members of staff baked a special party cake selling slices of it for £1 each and giving the proceeds to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Staff also sold pens, badges and notebooks in a further bid to raise cash for the charity.

The combined fundraising efforts meant they managed to raise £60.00 for Wallasey’s Guide Dogs for the Blind Association on the day and the store still has a collection pot in store, should local people wish to make any further donations to the charity, which helps to provide mobility for people who are blind and partially sighted.

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