Bangor optometry director, Stuart Douglas has marked 25 years with Specsavers. Stuart graduated in optometry from Aston University, Birmingham in 1990. He went on to work for opticians in Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria including Specsavers.
Home to open Bangor store
Stuart returned home in 1995 and opened the Specsavers store in Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Bangor alongside David Maguire, who is also marking 25 years with the optical group.
Together, whilst operating the Bangor store, they won a prestigious UK wide National Training Award in 1996 receiving the accolade at London’s Downing Street. The duo also went on to win an Optician’s Eye Care Award in 1997 and were the first multiple to win that trophy.
A fantastic 25 years
Stuart says, ‘It’s been a wonderful 25 years which has gone by in a flash. Back in 1995 we had approximately six staff and now we employ 38 people. So many young optometrists started their career with us in Bangor before going on to open their own Specsavers stores both in Northern Ireland and Australia.
Accolades for Diane, Rosemary and Andrea too
‘It’s a multi-celebration for our store as staff members Diane Johnston (assistant store manager) and Rosemary Turnball, are also marking their silver anniversaries with the store. My store co-partner Andrea Ridgway also recently achieved her 15 years long service certificate.
A big thank-you to store colleagues
‘It’s a privilege to focus on providing both personal and professional care to our customers and I’d like to thank the teams here in Bangor and Newtownards for their support and help over the years and for all their hard work in making sure our patients experience the highest standards of service.’