Opening in June 1986, the Middlesbrough store has been a familiar sight in the town centre for thirty years and is one of the longest established stores in the country.

The Newport Road store now has 70 staff, three times more than it had back in 1989, making it one of the largest Specsavers stores in the North East.

The longest serving team member is Heather Carter who has been with the Middlesbrough team for nearly 22 years. Heather started on the shop floor when she was just 18 and is now a fully qualified dispensing optician.

Career opportunities

Over the years 16 young people have taken up apprenticeships with the store and three young people are currently embarking on their careers as apprentices.

With nine eye testing rooms Middlesbrough can carry out over 2,500 eye tests each month and with over 1,600 frames to choose from the team prides itself in being able find the right specs for all ages and tastes.

To mark its 30th anniversary the team in Middlesbrough has started an ambitious plan to raise £30,000 over the course of the year with a wide range of activities in-store and out and about. Funds raised will be shared with 30 charities which have been nominated by staff members and customers alike.

A word from the store director

David Stockton, director of Specsavers in Middlesbrough, said: ‘This is a momentous year for Specsavers in Middlesbrough – we are very proud to have served the community here for three decades. ‘We have some families who have been customers for all of these thirty years and we have watched their families grow as our own in-store family has grown.’

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