Specsavers in Salford is celebrating after a successful 2014, which saw the store doubling its turnover and recruiting six members of staff due to growth.
Following a takeover by new directors in March, the store has undergone a radical transformation and opened its doors to 100 more patients per week thanks to its new walk-in clinic.
The increase in customers has also led to the creation of six new roles at the store, including recent recruits Kimberley Etchells, who works as store manager and Ella Vizitiu, an optical assistant. In addition, the store has improved its student development programme, taking on aspiring opticians Sally Malcolm, Edel Ross and Imran Mehmood to provide them with vital work experience as part of their optical studies.
Store director, Mahmoud Moustafa, commented: ‘This year we’ve managed to carry out around 100 more appointments per week, compared to last year. This is a huge increase and has allowed us to expand our team. It’s largely down to the introduction of our walk-in clinics, although we have made other smaller changes too.
It’s important for everybody to take care of their eye health and we wanted to make it easier for people in Salford to have access to our services without always needing to book in advance.
We hope to continue building on this successful year in 2015 and plan to expand our contact lens department to offer this alternative to glasses to a wider range of people. We will also be expanding our hearcare services to bring affordable and convenient audiology into the heart of the community.
We’re committed to Salford and are delighted to have been able to provide more jobs for local people this year.’