Optical giant buys out Fylde competitors

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson.

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson.

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Two Fylde opticians have changed hands and another is to close as a national retailer moved to snap up stores in the county.

The Crown Optical Centre shops in Clifton Street, Lytham and Victoria Road West, Cleveleys ,will now become part of the Vision Express stable.

Vision Express moved to buy 12 outlets which family firm Crown had in the county, eight of which will close including the one on Topping Street Blackpool.

However the company has said staff will transfer to nearby Vision Express outlets.

Jonathan Lawson, chief executive officer said: “This is a very exciting investment for Vision Express and we are looking forward to working with our new teams and welcoming new customers to Vision Express.

“We hope to replicate some of the successes we have had in our existing high street stores to provide more customers in the Lytham and Cleveleys areas with an excellent eye care service, a wider range of products, as well as value for money.”

Kate Clayton, head of human resources at Vision Express said: “We extend a warm welcome to the teams and look forward to having them on board, and dedicating our joint focus and commitment to a seamless customer transition and ongoing service experience.”

Vision Express recently announced a six per cent rise in operating profit and now has 331 stores in the UK.

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