Specsavers has opened its doors in Larkhall, creating eight new jobs and investing £350,000 in the area.
The Union Street store hosted a launch day on Saturday 10 March with help from players from Larkhall Thistle.
Cumulatively, store directors Jill Keenan and Steven Brennan have worked in the optical industry for almost 30 years and as Lanarkshire locals, they’re thrilled to be bringing first class eye care and audiology services to Steven’s home town.
Store director Steven said: ‘We’re very proud to be embarking upon this exciting new venture. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us and we believe that the store will be a great addition to the town.
‘We’re locals - Jill is from Hamilton and I’m from Larkhall - and we’re committed to providing the residents of Larkhall with the best optical and hearing services available.
‘We’re both passionate and enthusiastic about developing a local business. We’re looking forward to becoming a big part of the Larkhall community and building our relationships with customers.’
The state-of-the-art store has two test rooms and features the latest optical and audiology technology and equipment.
Store director Jill Keenan also plans to undertake training as part of the Lanarkshire Eye-health Network Scheme (LENS) which offers an appointment and assessment service for minor eye conditions including red eye.
The Larkhall store is also only the third in Scotland to be equipped with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine: a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments, which is used in the screening and management of conditions including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.