Clarkson Eyecare Acquires EyeCare Associates and Pinnacle Optical

By Staff
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eyecare groups in the Midwest, has acquired EyeCare Associates (ECA), a 19-office optometry practice in Alabama and Pinnacle Optical LLC, a full-service wholesale lab in Alabama. Details of the transaction, which was backed by FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based U.S. private equity firm, were not disclosed.

New Eyeglass World Locations to Feature Dedicated Area for Smart Glasses

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2015 12:30 AM VISTA, Calif.—National Vision, Inc. (NVI) one of the largest optical retailers in the U.S., opened its first San Diego County Eyeglass World location here, highlighting a new in-store feature emphasizing eyewear wearable technology.

Court Allows Utah Law Outlawing Contact Lens Universal Pricing Policies During Appeals Process

By Staff
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:24 AM SALT LAKE CITY—On June 12, 2015, a federal appeals court allowed a Utah law that prevents contact lens manufacturers from establishing minimum prices on certain products to go into effect.

SVS Vision Adds 63rd Location in the Midwest Toward a Goal of 100 Optical Centers

By Staff
Friday, June 05, 2015 12:21 AM MT. CLEMENS, Mich.—Working toward a goal of 100 optical centers, SVS Vision opened its newest location on Friday, May 29, 2015. Located in Plymouth, Mich., the new SVS Vision Optical Center is the company’s 63rd in eight Midwestern states and its 43rd in Michigan. SVS Vision ranks 19th in Vision Monday’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers.

The VM Top 50 Retailers: Beyond the Numbers

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:00 AM Yes, the Vision Monday Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers are about the numbers. It is a ranking, of course, based on metrics like store counts and estimated revenues and who’s gaining, who’s been acquiring, who’s been consolidated.

Eyetique Acquires CO-OP Optical to Open its Second Location in Ohio

By Staff
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:27 AM STOW, Ohio—Continuing its expansion into Ohio from its base in Pittsburgh, Pa., Eyetique acquired CO-OP Optical Eye Care Center, which has been operating here for 55 years.

FYidoctors Adds Two Locations in Ontario

By Staff
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:24 AM CALGARY, ALBERTA, Canada—FYidoctors has added two Ontario locations to its group of practices in Canada. Pickering Optometric Clinic in Pickering and Oshawa Optometric Centre in Oshawa joined the optometry-owned eyecare company.

Leonardo Del Vecchio Gifts Luxottica’s Italy Employees Shares to Celebrate Birthday

By Staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:23 AM MILAN—Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) has announced the gifting of free treasury shares of the company to the group’s employees in Italy in honor of founder and chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio’s 80th birthday.

Acquisitions and Organic Growth Propel VM’s Top 50 to Record $11B in Sales

By Staff
Monday, May 18, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday released its annual ranking of the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers today, which cumulatively reached a record $11 billion in sales for calendar year 2014. In addition to good sales performance, the estimates and movements on the VM Top 50 chart also reflect an influx of private equity capital that propelled several leading eyewear and eyecare groups forward.

Top 10 and Mass Merchants Shares Stable

By John Sailer
Monday, May 18, 2015 12:09 AM

Top 50 Methodology

By John Sailer
Monday, May 18, 2015 12:05 AM