Leading Optical Brand Focuses on Conversion Opportunities to Drive Licensee Expansion –
MASON, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Pearle Vision, one of North America’s largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, announced today plans to convert four of its neighborhood eye care centers inOrlando, Fla., from company-owned to licensees. Pearle Vision is currently seeking qualified candidates who are interested in owning and operating their very own Pearle Vision to purchase existing locations for sale inOrlando, Fla. This is part of the company’s 2013 expansion plans to re-license 34 company-owned centers in 10 states.
“To date, we have re-licensed 21 neighborhood eye care centers in markets across the country, giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to own their own business,” saidSrinivas Kumar, senior vice president and general manager, Pearle Vision. “Pearle Vision has a 50-year legacy of providing genuine eye care to our patients. As we continue to grow, we’re searching for qualified licensees in Orlando with a passion for their local communities to join the Pearle Vision family.”
Opportunities are available for qualified licensees throughout Brevard, Lake, Orange and Osceola counties. The specific location of centers Pearle Vision is looking to convert to licensed ownership, include:
- Leesburg Square Mall (Leesburg, Fla.)
- Fashion Square Mall (Orlando, Fla.)
- Viera Market Center (Viera, Fla.)
- Loop West (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Pearle Vision has a significant legacy in the industry and has continued to outpace competitors by evolving to meet patients’ changing needs and providing quality products and services they desire. With more than 610 centers located throughout North America, the company offers best-in-class eye care provided by neighborhood doctors who are skilled optometrists, a principle created by Dr. Stanley Pearle in 1961.
Pearle Vision is now seeking to grow its national footprint and has identified development opportunities in markets from coast-to-coast. In addition, corporate-owned locations in markets such as Florida, Michigan andOhio also are available and have thriving operations with strong customer-bases.
To fuel its growth, the company is looking for optometrists interested in licensing opportunities. Ideal candidates for Pearle Vision ownership should possess a desire to join a trusted industry-leading brand and work within a proven system to provide exceptional eye care and superior patient service. Pearle Vision licensees can expect to pay an initial licensing fee of $30,000 and $20,000 for each subsequent eye care center.
Optometrists interested in exploring re-licensing or new development opportunities in Orlando, Fla. should contact Sherry Merriman at email@example.com or (630) 849-6119. For more information, please visit www.ownapearlevision.com.
About Pearle Vision
Pearle Vision was founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, who began the concept of one-stop, total eye care with the opening of the Pearle Vision Center in Savannah, Ga. Pearle combined complete eye exams with an extensive selection of eyewear. In 1981, Pearle Vision began offering licenses to select doctors and opticians. Today, with more than 610 eye care centers located throughout the United States, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus to deliver genuine eye care to patients and become a trusted source for all their eye health needs. Pearle Vision is owned by Luxottica, a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. For more information, visit http://www.PearleVision.com.
Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Luxottica Group is a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with approximately 7,000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe, and a strong, well-balanced brand portfolio. House brands include Ray-Ban, the world’s most famous sun eyewear brand,Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli, Arnette and REVO, while licensed brands includeGiorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Starck Eyes, Tiffany and Versace. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia-Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. The Group’s products are designed and manufactured at its six manufacturing plants in Italy, two wholly owned plants in the People’s Republic of China, one plant in Braziland one plant in the United States devoted to the production of sports eyewear. In 2012, Luxottica Group posted net sales of more than €7.0 billion. Additional information on the Group is available atwww.luxottica.com.
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