Specsavers in Leith is relocating and expanding, offering a bigger, better store in response to feedback from customers.

The store is moving to a significantly larger unit near its current location in the Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, representing more than £450k worth of investment.

Three new jobs will also be created as a result of the exciting move.

New extensive services

Relocating to a much larger unit means the store will be more accessible to customers and will enable more extensive services to be provided.

The state-of-the-art store will add two extra test rooms - fully equipped with the latest technology and equipment - and will have a dedicated contact lens department and a soundproof audiology room with the latest in audiology technology.

The store will be one of only three stores in Edinburgh to offer customers the opportunity to have an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan. The 3D eye scanning technology, previously found only in hospital eye departments, produces a structural scan of the back of the eye allowing the optician to view the actual individual layers of the eye, somewhat like an MRI.

It is used for a variety of functions, including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

In addition, with vastly increased floor space, Specsavers Leith will be able to display a wider variety of glasses from all ranges including its designer collections, giving visitors a better selection of specs to choose from.

Annette Grier, Optometrist Partner in Development of Specsavers in Leith, said: ‘We are delighted to announce our plans for the new store. We have been part of the local community for over eight years and aim to provide the best service for our customers.

‘Customer feedback is very important to us and we have tried to incorporate our customers’ comments into our plans – including, in particular, making the store more spacious and accessible. We hope that the investment in our new store will improve their experience and encourage more people to visit us regularly.

‘We will keep our customers and webpage updated with the progress of the move and look forward to unveiling our new look at the end of October.’

New technology

The store will also have Frame Styler, a new facial recognition technology designed exclusively by Specsavers to give specs wearers the confidence to find the right specs for them.

The new virtual try-on technology allows customers to see how they look wearing glasses from every angle, seeing themselves as others would see them. Working with in-store frame advisors, Frame Styler will take a scan of the customer’s face, analyse their face shape, examine their purchase history and marry the results with the latest trends.

Launch date

Disruption to customers will be kept to an absolute minimum during the relocation, with the store closed for just four days from 5 pm on Saturday 20 October with the new store opening Thursday 25 October. The official launch party will take place Saturday 27 October.

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