As the third biggest optical retailer within the UK, Vision Express is part of a global company called GrandVision which operates across more than 40 countries around the world. Dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable eye care, Vision Express has around 600 stores in the UK and is committed to offering excellent customer service, professional eye tests and a range of stylish frames from both designer ranges and their own brand. The company has more than 4000 employees and is also partnered with a number of healthcare charities to offer support to those whose lives are affected by sight-related conditions. This includes work carried out in third-world countries where eye disease is prevalent and the funds to prevent or correct this are not available.
Vision Express has around 600 stores in the UK, with branches as far north as Inverness in the north of Scotland and as far south as Helston in Cornwall. There are branches in shopping centres, on the high street and in major supermarkets. The Vision Express opening hours will vary from store to store, however most locations operate 7 days per week, being open from 9am until 8pm on Mondays to Thursdays. The Vision Express opening times are usually 9am until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am until 4pm on a Sunday. On public holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Monday and Good Friday Vision Express opening hours will vary depending on the location of each store and local legislation. You can find the Vision Express opening times for your closest branch on the online store locator.
As well as offering eye tests for customers of all ages, Vision Express sells a wide range of frames from both their own exclusive brand and well-known designer brands like Ted Baker and Carrera. There is also a wide choice of prescription sunglasses with different coloured lenses by big brands like Ray-Ban. For those who would prefer contact lenses, these are also available, and there is even a range of “ready readers” for those who are looking for a quick and easy solution for everyday reading around the home. Some of these are offered on “2-for-1” deals or with other discounts, allowing people to have multiple pairs of glasses, driving glasses, sunglasses or glasses for computer work.
This optical brand’s first store was opened in 1988 in Gateshead’s MetroCentre shopping mall. This was rapidly followed up by a number of other store openings. Almost a decade later, the company was purchased by Grand Vision, a French company which has a number of stores Europe-wide under several names as well as other stores in different parts of the world. The Lithuanian and Latvian markets have a particular strong brand presence and these are still in operation today. By 2007, the company had more than 200 stores nationwide, and following the acquisition of Batemans Opticians in 2008, tens of stores were added to the portfolio.
Today, there are around 400 stores across the UK, Republic of Ireland and Jersey, with around 200 being fully owned by the company and the rest being under a joint venture partnership. The brand has also spread to Poland, with over 100 stores there. There are also stores now open in India as part of a partnership with Reliance. The most recent development has been the incorporation of more than 200 branches of Tesco Opticians into the Vision Express portfolio. This has enabled them to reach more widely with their charitable ventures into countries and locations where the need is greatest.