The official launch of Wigan Specsavers’ new £700,000 state-of-the-art store on Standishgate was the star attraction of an action-packed weekend in the town centre.

A host of entertainment, including an aerobatic Spiderman, helped with the special ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the new store and then joined balloon artists and face-painters to greet town-centre shoppers.

Hi-tech updates and increased capacity

In its 25th year in the town, Specsavers’ new home has been completed to a high spec and provides staff with the capacity to help more customers each day. Featuring the latest Digital Precision Care technology for customers, it promises to provide industry-leading vision and hearing care to the local area. 

The new hi-tech store features six new optical testing rooms, all of which are fitted out with the latest equipment, plus a dedicated hearcare room and a contact lens suite.

Store director Graeme Gardner said: ‘First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to the people of Wigan who ensured we had a fantastic launch event.

This level of amazing local support shows exactly why we have been able to invest in our new store and expand our offer of the best possible service to the local community.

A huge thank you as well to all of our entertainers who helped make this such a great launch. This is a tremendous moment for our team and we’re extremely proud to be able to show the people of Wigan exactly what we have achieved.’

25 years supporting the community

Over the course of its 25 years serving the community in Wigan, Specsavers has been supporters of a number of charities, including Wigan and Leigh Blind Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The store also supports the Vision Aid Overseas cause by collected unused and unwanted glasses which are recycled to help provide eye-care in developing countries.

To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. In 2011 the company opened Zambia’s first optometry training centre.

Wigan optometrist Alex Whitter recently returning from a volunteer VAO trip to Ethiopia, where he assisted the charity in providing eye tests and glasses to those in need.

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