An Arbroath opticians is undergoing a major expansion which will see the store almost double in size and create six new jobs.
The state-of-the-art store will be the result of a £400,000 investment and work will include taking over the vacant unit next door.
The number of test rooms will increase from three to five – allowing staff to carry out almost 200 additional eye tests each week – and the latest technology will also be fitted in each room.
Jamie Buchan, store director at Specsavers Arbroath, says: “This is a hugely exciting project and we are looking forward to having a huge new store which will allow us to provide an even better service to our customers.
“We opened in the town in March 2004 and we have grown significantly in that time thanks to the support of the Arbroath public.”
Work on the new store started in early January and is estimated to take around five weeks to complete, with the store remaining fully operational during that time.
As part of the growth, the store has employed six new members of staff from the local area, bringing the total number of employees to 33. The new roles include a receptionist, lab technician and spectacle dispensing consultants.
Enhancing the public areas is key for the store and these will be completely transformed to enhance the customer experience. The bigger seating area will now include a television and tea and coffee will be introduced as an additional service.
The store’s hearing service is also benefitting from a major investment which includes a soundproof room and hearing booth as part of the new state-of-the-art hearing centre.
Jamie, who opened the store alongside director, Kenny Johnston, added: “It’s really important to Kenny and I that we are providing our customers with the best possible experience and this investment demonstrates our commitment to taking care of the town’s eyes and ears.
“We are dedicated to this town and as part of our long term strategy we recently signed a new 10-year lease with Abbeygate Shopping Centre.
“Our figures demonstrate that more than half the population of Arbroath come to us for eye tests and we have built up a trusted reputation over the years - people appreciate the good honest advice we give them.
“That trust has also translated to our new hearing service and due to the demand we now have a full time member of staff dedicated to hearing test and hearing aid enquiries.”
A spokesperson from Graham and Sibbald, Landlord agents, says: “The investment Specsavers is making in its store and the centre is extremely encouraging.
“We are thrilled that a previously vacant unit will be used as part of the store’s expansion and we are looking forward to seeing the finished result.
“We continue to work with our tenants to improve our offer to the local community. This expansion will mean customers will have better access to eye and hearing care, in a state-of-the-art store, right here in Arbroath.”
For more information about Specsavers Arbroath, please visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/arbroath