All eyes were on Specsavers in Solihull as it welcomed two very special guests to help celebrate its new look store and 21st anniversary on Friday (13 March). 

Special guests 

Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, and the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, officially opened the re-vamped Specsavers store, which also celebrated its 21st anniversary in the town. 

The store first opened in September 1993 with a team of just six staff, carrying out approximately 100 eye examinations a week.  Today a team of 43 carry out more than 527 sight tests per week, with a recent record number of glasses of 764 in one week, all made on site, many on the same day.

‘We’re delighted and honoured that Dame Mary joined us to help celebrate this milestone,’ said store director Brad Parkes.  ‘Looking back over the last 21 years, in which time we’ve served more than 125,000 customers, it’s amazing to see how the business has changed.  But our values and commitment remain the same – ensuring that we provide the very best in eye care to all our customers.’ 

Red Nose Day

On the day the team at the store supported Red Nose Day, by making their faces funny for money with Specsavers’ official Red Nose Day glasses and special t-shirts.  

New look

The new look store is now fully equipped with six optical consulting rooms.  It boasts state-of-the-art optical equipment including a digital retinal camera which takes a photograph of the back of the eye (included at no extra cost as part of the standard pre-test eye examination service), alongside interactive waiting areas, a larger specs dispense area and on-site laboratory. The store will also use the latest software in optical technology, to link with the store’s iPads, making the process of dispensing glasses smoother and quicker. 

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