All eyes were on an opticians in Caerphilly as Dame Mary Perkins opened its new £500,000 store on Cardiff Road.
Specsavers co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins, visited the new store with the company’s UK managing director, Paul Marshall, to officially cut the ribbon and open the opticians to the Caerphilly community.
Caerphilly store director, Geraint Jones, is delighted with the new premises: ‘We’ve enjoyed a long 21-year tenure at our previous address on Cardiff Road, but the opportunity of moving to a bigger location was needed to keep up with the growing demand for our optical and audiology services.
‘At Specsavers, we pride ourselves on our quality of customer service and the relocation to a larger store with improved facilities means we’re now in the best position possible to support more members of the community, while maintaining our high standards. ‘
Having Dame Mary and Paul here to official open the store was a huge honour, not just for our store but the Caerphilly community.’
The 3,900 sq ft store sees the business relocate from a smaller unit on Cardiff Road where it first opened in 1995. Spanning over two floors, it has seven test rooms and two pre-screening booths as well as dedicated contact lens and audiology departments, complete with a soundproof booth.
Traditional reception desks have been replaced and staff will meet customers as they enter the store and register them for their appointment on a tablet device. A spacious environment has been created to display 1,350 frames.
As part of the £500,000 investment, the store also houses a digital retinal photography camera. Specsavers Caerphilly currently employs 28 members of staff and has recently appointed a further three optical assistants and three optometrists.