Local Optician Celebrates 50Th Birthday Store Anniversary Same Day
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
A double celebration is planned at a local opticians this Saturday (1 August) as the store director's 50th birthday coincides with its fifth anniversary.
Geoff Harper, who launched Specsavers in Wetherby'a Horsefair Shopping Centre in August 2004, is looking forward to celebrate the two significant milestones in his life.
'The time has simply flown by since we opened Specsavers here, but we've come a long way in the last five years. The size of the team has increased and we have developed and improved our service by investing in new equipment and expanding into new areas such as hearing care.'
Last year the store was installed with a fundus camera - the latest state-of-the-art eye testing equipment which enables a more comprehensive health assessment from the eye examination process.
Mr Harper explains: 'The fundus camera has been a great investment as the specialised low-power biomicroscope takes photographs of the retina which can be used to detect glaucoma, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, age-related macular degeneration and vascular. The images can also be saved as a permanent record of eye health for comparisons during the customer's next visit.'
To celebrate the combined birthday and anniversary, throughout August Specsavers in Wetherby is offering one customer a week a full refund on the cost of their glasses*. In addition, on the birthday itself, every customer who purchases a pair of specs will receive a free bottle of bubbly.
Mr Harper concludes: 'The key to our success has been listening to our customers and ensuring their needs are central to everything we do.
'We have been overwhelmed by the local support we have experienced over the years, not only for our business, but also for the charity and community work we have been involved in. Over the last five years we have collected over 5,000 pairs of unwanted specs from local residents, all of which have been donated to Vision Aid Overseas for use in the developing world.
'It's been a fantastic five years and we're delighted to be celebrating this milestone with our colleagues, customers, friends and family and hope that many of them will come along and join in the festivities on the day.'
PHOTO: Specsavers Wetherby store director, Geoff Harper
*Offer applies to customers who have purchased a pair of glasses on the week of the prize draw.
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
- The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has more than 1,380 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
- Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
- Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
- Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries
*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)