Shoppers joined the Lancaster Specsavers team to celebrate the grand opening of its revamped world-class eye care and hearcare facilities following the £175,000 redevelopment and extension of the store.

The Cheapside store was officially opened by representatives of the Galloway’s Society for the Blind charity, including 54-year-old service user Jim Peat, at 10am on Saturday 27 June, and boasts new facilities, more space and improved services to customers.

Major investment

The expansion of the store, which has doubled in size, has also created five new jobs.

As part of the family entertainment on the day, the store also raised a £100 for Galloway’s with its tasty cake sale.

The major modernisation of the store’s facilities accommodates its growing customer base, improves accessibility for those with mobility problems and creates two new optical testing rooms, all of which are fitted out with the latest equipment.

Commitment to Lancaster

A further existing ground floor room has been adapted to serve as a second sound insulated hearcare test room.

Store retail director Martin Jeffery says that the investment represents a commitment to Lancaster town centre.

Martin said: ‘First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to the people of Lancaster who ensures Saturday was a fantastic launch event.

Amazing local support

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

‘This is a tremendous moment for our team and we’re extremely proud to be able to show the people of Lancaster exactly what we have achieved.’

Ophthalmic director Michael Jackson said: ‘We look forward to many more years of business in Lancaster and would like to thank our fantastic customers for their loyalty and support.’

Invaluable local cause

Galloway’s Society for the Blind strives to support local blind and partially sighted people, helping them to regain their independence and reduce the effects of vision loss.

The charity offers advice, support, specialist equipment and a variety of services which include guided holidays, talking newspapers, drop in days, outdoor pursuits activities and many more.

Galloway’s North Lancashire fundraiser Anna Scott added: ‘We are delighted that Specsavers invited us to open the newly refurbished Lancaster branch as it gave us the opportunity to remind people that over 50 per cent of sight loss could be prevented.

Importance of regular check ups

‘People often think that a sight test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting with glasses or contact lenses, but there are other important reasons to have a regular sight test. 

‘Sight tests are a vital check on the health of the eyes and include the detection of various eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential sight loss.

‘We are extremely grateful to the staff and customers of Specsavers for their ongoing support of the services that Galloway’s provides for people living with sight loss in the local community.’

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