The world’s largest optometrist-owned and -led business plans to open 200 stores by 2024.

13 October, 2021

A Specsavers store

Today, Specsavers announces that it will bring their mission of changing lives through better sight to Canada in November 2021 through the acquisition of B.C.-based Image Optometry. The U.K. optometry leader, known in Europe, U.K., Australia and New Zealand for its affordable and high-quality products and clinical expertise, plans to become a market leader and open more than 200 locally owned stores across Canada by 2024. It will start by launching 16 stores in British Columbia over the next six months.

With the goal of redefining accessible eyecare for Canadians, Specsavers is focused on bringing value-driven prescription eyewear paired with inclusive clinical care, advanced equipment, and unrivaled network of professional expertise to deliver best-in class service every day.

“We’re looking forward to showing Canadians the value of our tried-and-true business model that has allowed us to deliver on our promise of accessibility for customers for 37 years and counting,” said Bill Moir, General Manager, Specsavers Canada. “By creating business ownership opportunities for independent optometrists, Specsavers is able to build a network that is represented in rural and urban locations and can structure operations in a way that generates high value for both optometrists and customers. Together, we will transform eye health for Canadians.”

All Specsavers stores are owner-operated under a supportive franchise partnership model that helps optometrists focus on delivering the best eyecare possible, while providing them with the benefits of a global, integrated supply chain with facilities across Asia, UK, Australia, Eastern Europe and North America.

The first Specsavers stores are scheduled to open in November 2021 in Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. and Coquitlam Centre in Coquitlam, B.C.; 14 more are scheduled to open across communities in B.C. by March 2022. More information and updates on store openings will be available on