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Popular Greeter Retires From Cumbernauld Store

Friday, 17 June 2011

A POPULAR face in Cumbernauld town centre said farewell to friends and customers this week as she retired from Specsavers.

Store greeter Margaret Spellacy, from Abronhill, was presented with flowers and gifts from colleagues and friends at the Teviot Walk store as she said goodbye.

Ms Spellacy says: 'I'll be very sad to leave the store but I'm looking forward to making the most of retired life. I've had a fantastic time working at Specsavers and I've met so many lovely people in the town.

'Everyone has been wonderful and I'll really miss them, although I won't be going far and plan to pop-in as often as I can.

'I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind wishes, cards and gifts. I've been overwhelmed by the lovely messages and gifts from the staff and customers at Specsavers and all of the other shops in the town. I'll enjoy having some time to put my feet up.'

Antonia McNeil, director of Specsavers Cumbernauld, says: 'All of the staff and customers at the store are very sad to see Margaret retire this week. She's a hugely popular personality in the town centre and everyone knows her from passing. She will be very difficult to replace.'


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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians www.specsavers.co.uk/Cumbernauld



  • 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 son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group was £1.36 billion for 2009/10 and is forecast to reach £1.55 billion in 2010/11.
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the ninth year running by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2010
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK *
  • 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 offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund various projects
  • 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. Specsavers has raised over £370,000 for the charity since 2006, with almost £245,000 going towards its work in Zambia.