Vision Express buys Tesco unit
Vision Express has announced that it has purchased the optical division of grocery giant Tesco.
Tesco Opticians has three stores in Ireland, in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, Naas, Co Kildare, and Portlaoise in Co Laois, and 206 in the UK. These stores will now be incorporated into Vision Express, bringing the total number of Vision Express outlets to 598.
Vision Express already has seven stores in Ireland - in Dublin, Galway, and Cork.
Tesco Opticians employs over 1,500 people and in 2016 had sales of £90m (€106m).
Vision Express said it intends to retain the valued experience of the Tesco Optician personnel in all stores.
"This is a really exciting time for Vision Express and provides us with the opportunity to invest in the future of the nation's eye health by extending our reach even further across the UK," Jonathan Lawson, CEO of Vision Express, said.
Vision Express was taken over by French company Grand Vision in 1997. Grand Vision has over 6,500 stores in 44 countries.