Vision Express looks ahead with acquisition
Vision Express has snapped up a Liverpool-headquartered chain of opticians outlets.
Conlons Opticians has a network of 19 stores in the North West and Scotland and as part of the deal ten stores will continue to trade from their current locations with their current teams.
The remaining nine will relocate to the nearest Vision Express stores and the group said it is "committed to retain" the experience of the Conlons staff "wherever possible".
Vision Express chief executive Jonathan Lawson said: "I am delighted that we have been able to take this opportunity to expand the reach of the Vision Express brand and we look forward to welcoming our new customers and colleagues."
Peter Barton, chairman of Conlons Opticians, added: "I would like to thank the loyal team at Conlons Opticians and our suppliers who have delivered excellent service for many years. Vision Express is a successful company that is well run, forward looking and well positioned to succeed for a long time to come."
Stores in Annan, Carlisle, Kendal, Lancaster, Liverpool, Millom, Penrith, Widnes and Wigan will move services to the nearby Vision Express stores.
Sites in Ashton-under-Lyne, Barrow, Dumfries, Formby, Heswall, Leigh, Morecambe, Ormskirk, Shotton and Ulverston will continue to trade from their current locations under Vision Express branding. A Vision Express store in Dumfries will transfer to Conlons.
Following the completion of the deal, Vision Express will have 389 stores in the UK and Ireland.