Specsavers Stroud said a fond farewell to its long-standing store director, Jonathan Bowen-Davies last week as he retired after 21 years.

Jonathan, from Chalford, was presented with a delicious hamper of treats from colleagues and friends at the store on Thursday (30 October) as he said goodbye. 

Also welcomed into the store was one of Jonathan’s first ever customers, Jane Read-Francombe, who was too presented with a gift – a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Mrs Read-Francombe started going to Specsavers Stroud shortly after it opened in August 1993. 

'I'm sad to be leaving but I'm looking forward to making the most of retired life,’ said Jonathan. ‘I've had a fantastic time at Specsavers, made some really good friends and I will truly miss them, although I won't be going too far so will definitely be able to keep in touch.

'I would like to say a sincere thank you to all the staff and customers, for their loyalty, kind wishes and gifts, and it was lovely to see Jane again. It has been a difficult decision, but the right one, and I wish the new store directors, Riz Choonara and Jo-Anne Williams, the very best.’

Sally Ballinger, store manager at Stroud, said: ‘Everyone was very sad to see Jonathan go. He's well known in the town and has built some great relationships with our customers, many of whom have been with us since the beginning! We wish him all the best and hope he enjoys putting his feet up.’

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