The Market Harborough branch of an independent chain of optometrists has expanded to mark the beginning of a new era for the practice.
Davis Optometrists, of St Mary’s Road, has increased its dispensing area from six square metres to 56 square metres after taking on the adjoining shop space.
The expansion allows the practice to accommodate a bigger team, new equipment, more eye-wear ranges and extra space for patients and treatments.
Kim Durden, a partner optometrist, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled by our bigger premises – it represents a significant investment in the town and demonstrates our ability to move forward as a caring and friendly independent operating in a market largely dominated by national chains.
“It also represents a new era in the town for the practice having been in our original premises for more than 50 years. We needed more room for eye testing, screening and our technical kit.”
A party was held to mark the expansion and Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier officially opened the premises last Friday.
Sir Edward said: “I’m delighted to see this independent optometrists expanding its premises. Eyes are so important to us all and to have top professionals checking on our sight is vital. I wish Davis all the best for a prosperous future.”
There is a new dispensing area,larger reception, new screening area and a bigger, more private waiting area.
New technology at the practice includes a £35,000 3D scanner and equipment that takes measurements for bespoke lenses.
Eye specialist Christian French has just joined the team to take the number of optometrists from three to four, so there are now more appointments slots available.
To find out about a series of open days at the branch, see www.davisopticians.co.uk.