Seven new jobs have been created with the opening of a new opticians in the Grove Shopping Centre in Downpatrick.

The £250,000 investment in the town has been made by Specsavers directors Lynsey Caldwell and Paula Cunningham, who have run the successful Specsavers Connswater store in east Belfast for last 16 years.

Over 35 years’ experience

Together the pair have over 35 years’ experience in providing essential health services to local people. Seven new jobs have been created, with five people from the Downpatrick area filling optical assistants posts. The new store has state of the art facilities including two test rooms and a hearing centre with a soundproof room for hearing testing.

Cutting edge facilities

Store Director Paula Cunningham, said: 'We are delighted to open a new Specsavers branch in Downpatrick to bring our services to people living in the town and surrounding areas which have not had local access to a Specsavers store until now.

'The investment is being made at a local level to provide essential health services for local people. We are committed to provide top quality and value for money eyecare and hearcare services for the community of Downpatrick and beyond as well as securing employment for seven more people.

'We’re delighted to be able to offer cutting edge facilities to new customers and we thank the local community for its support.'

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