A brand-new Specsavers officially opened its doors in Sainsbury’s on Oxford Road, Stratton on Monday 21 September.
Run as a joint-venture partnership, the store is headed up by optical director, Dr Paul Ewah and retail director, David Grieves. Both are familiar faces to Specsavers, as they also run the store on Regent Street in Swindon town centre and have 77 years’ optical experience between them.
Indeed, David has been at the helm of the Swindon store since it opened more than 30 years ago. The pair will oversee a team of 12 who will offer the very best optical and audiology service. Nine are joining from the town centre store, with three new positions having been created.
The store benefits from the latest in optical equipment which includes an Optical Coherence Technology (OCT) machine, usually found in hospital eye departments, which produces a structural scan of the eye. A dedicated sound-proofed audiology room will also be available for hearing appointments, carried out by audiologist Kane Akers.
To help manage social distancing, the store is encouraging customers to book an appointment in advance by calling 01793 683147 or going online. There will also be restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time, strict social distancing rules and, where possible, card instead of cash payments.
A word from David and Paul
‘Lots of hard work has gone into getting the store ready, and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers through the doors,’ says David. ‘Our focus is on making sure both our staff and customers are safe so in line with NHS guidance, the team will use personal protective equipment (PPE) and all testing equipment and frames will be thoroughly sanitised after each use.’
‘We have three testing rooms as well as a pre-test area and more than 1,100 different frame styles on display,’ says Paul. ‘We understand how important the customer experience in store is and both David and I know that our team will help deliver this. Our aim is to provide the very best optical and audiology care to the local community in an accessible location.’