Specsavers in Coventry, which was badly damaged by a fire, will be officially re-opened on Wednesday 4 March, by those who helped spot and control the incident.

Heather Donavan and Pete Drummond, Station Commander, from the Coventry Community Fire Station will officially open the re-fitted store in the Lower Precinct. Heather is a cleaner at the store and it’s thanks to her quick and appropriate action that the incident didn’t escalate further.

‘We are honoured to have Heather and Peter here to open the newly refurbished store,’ said store director Hitesh Solanki.  ‘It’s been a difficult time for everyone involved – our staff and our customers – and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for their patience. We were fortunate to be able to continue trading in a temporary base at the former Calendar store, but we’ll be very glad to be back in our “new” store.’

As part of the refurbishment, the temporary Specsavers store will be closed from Sunday 1 March until Tuesday 3 March – with trading in the original store in the Lower Precinct starting from Wednesday 4 March.

‘Since the fire back on 30 December we’ve been heartened by the support of fellow local retailers including; Co-op Travel, Thomson Local, Marks & Spencer’s, Costa Coffee and Cafe Nero, and would like to say a special thank you to them,’ added Hitesh. 

Celebration

On Saturday 7 March John Perkins, Specsavers managing director, will visit the store as part of a celebratory fun day from 10am until 4pm.  As well as a visit from two special guests from a galaxy far, far away, (Storm Troopers), families can also look forward to face painting, henna tattooing, a cake sale and balloon modeling.  
‘The day will also serve as an important fundraiser for our nominated charity Acorns Children’s Hospice – with guests given the opportunity to make donations for the activities available.  David Studley, Acorns’ chief executive officer, will be here too along with Acorns’ own mascot Alex Acorn.  It’s sure to be a great occasion and we encourage people to pop along,’ continued Hitesh.   

New look store

The newly fitted out store boasts 10 optical test rooms and a dedicated hearing centre with three hearcare test rooms. It’s fully kitted out with all the latest equipment including two high-tech digital retinal cameras that help with the early detection of conditions like glaucoma, by taking a picture of the back of the eye, plus a video otoscope (which takes a picture of the inner ear). The store will also use the latest software in optical technology, to link with the store’s iPads, making the process of dispensing specs smoother and quicker. 

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