Eyemart Express Expands to Nebraska with Omaha Store Opening This Week

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Monday, August 10, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is expanding into Nebraska with the opening of a new location in Omaha this week. The move will increase the retailer’s footprint to 222 stores in 41 states, according to an announcement. The new store is located on West Dodge Road in Omaha. “The Omaha store opening marks an important milestone for us, at Eyemart Express, as we bring our 30-year legacy of providing accessible and convenient prescription eyewear to customers in Nebraska,” Bill Butler, chief operations officer, said in the announcement. “We strive to be good neighbors by contributing to the local economy, and are proud to be growing and hiring during this unprecedented time.”

GrandVision Confirms EssilorLuxottica Has Taken Measures to ‘Secure Certain Information’ Stored on its Servers

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Friday, August 7, 2020 12:21 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (Euronext: GVNV), in what it called “a response to market rumors,” said Thursday that it was “confirming that EssilorLuxottica SA (Euronext: EL) has taken measures to secure certain information stored on servers of GrandVision.” The actions are in “connection with the summary proceedings previously initiated by EssilorLuxottica regarding GrandVision's actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on its business,” the announcement noted.

GrandVision Reports Steep Sales Declines in First Half and Second Quarter

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Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:27 AM SCHIPHOL, the Netherlands—GrandVision NV (Euronext: GVNV) reported Wednesday that its revenue declined 26.4 percent at constant exchange rates in the first half, and fell 47.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020. The international retailer, which operates the For Eyes optical banner in the U.S. market, cited the impact of store closures related to the coronavirus pandemic as the key factor in the lower sales. Comparable revenue declined 29.1 percent in the first half and 49.3 percent in the second quarter, the company’s announcement noted.

FYidoctors Continues Expansion in Alberta and Adds Another Downtown Vancouver Location

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Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:18 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, Canada’s leading optometrist-owned eyecare company, has announced Cold Lake EyeCare   as the latest clinic in western Canada to join the FYidoctors brand. In operation since 1979, Cold Lake EyeCare provides personalized care to the Lakeland area.

EssilorLuxottica Says GrandVision’s Move to Initiate Arbitration Proceedings Is ‘Surprising’ and a Distraction

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Friday, July 31, 2020 12:36 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (Euronext: GVNV) on Thursday initiated arbitration proceedings against EssilorLuxottica SA (Euronext: EL) in connection with the material breach notice EssilorLuxottica had sent to GrandVision in mid-July, according to a statement issued by the Dutch retailer. The latest salvo in the dispute between the partners in a proposed mega deal comes almost a year to the day after they announced a preliminary agreement under which EssilorLuxottica would acquire GrandVision in a deal valued at roughly €7.1billion, as VMAIL reported.

Thélios and Stella McCartney Announce Long Term Partnership

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Friday, July 31, 2020 12:24 AM LONDON and LONGARONE—Thélios Eyewear and Stella McCartney have announced an exclusive, long-term partnership for Stella McCartney eyewear. Under the agreement, Stella McCartney will collaborate with Thélios on sustainable innovation in the eyewear category. Thélios will develop, manufacture and distribute Stella McCartney eyewear beginning with the Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which will be available beginning November 2020. The first collection will incorporate a row of sustainable features, including bio-lenses composed of 39 percent castor oil, with carbon reduction emissions of 40 percent on the raw material.

GLBL Eyewear and ZooBug Announce Licensing Agreement

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:21 AM LONDON—The GLBL Eyewear Group has announced a long-term global licensing agreement with ZooBug, the children’s eyewear brand. ZooBug has premiered at London’s Premier Global Kids Fashion Week, Mini Mode, showcased at Silmo and more. It is also the first children’s eyewear brand to collaborate with London kids’ fashion expert and stylist, Kate Hill on a limited edition sunglasses range called ‘Las Estrellas!’ Didier Coton, group chairman of the GLBL Eyewear Group said, “Having worn glasses since the age of 3, I am very aware of the importance in having high quality eyewear.

European Commission Suspends Aug. 27 Deadline to Complete Review of EssilorLuxottica’s Proposed Acquisition of GrandVision

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Monday, July 27, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The European Commission regulators charged with reviewing the proposed acquisition of GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) by EssilorLuxottica (ISIN: FR0000121667) moved last week to suspend its Aug. 27 deadline for completing its review of the transaction. The European Commission’s competition regulator body did not give details for the move. The deadline already had been pushed back three times in order to give regulators more time to review the transaction.

Zenni to Become Official Eyewear of the Boston Red Sox

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:24 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni Optical has announced that it will become the official eyewear of the Boston Red Sox beginning with the 2020 MLB season, which begins on July 23. This is a multi-year partnership, though which Zenni will work with the Red Sox to educate players, staff and fans on the importance of overall vision health. Zenni will have a category exclusively serving as official Red Sox eyewear, as well as static home plate and baseline rotational signage during select games.

National Vision Extends Its Long-Standing Partnership With Walmart Inc.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:30 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) announced yesterday that it has entered into an amendment to its existing Management & Services Agreement (MSA) with Walmart Inc., effective July 17, 2020, that extends the current term and economics of the MSA by three years to Feb. 23, 2024.

Revo Announces Mexico, Colombia and Brazil Distribution Partnership

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Revo has announced a distribution partnership with SunDistrict and Quanthus Distribuicao, sister companies covering Mexico (SunDistrict) and Brazil/Colombia (Quanthus Distribuicao). Under this partnership, Revo distribution will expand to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Cliff Robinson, Revo’s CEO said, “We are proud to partner with SunDistrict and Quanthus Distribuicao. As we expand our distribution globally, we want to work with the best partners to bring Revo to our fans around the world. SunDistrict and Quanthus Distribuicao are the experts in their markets and we’re confident they will help us achieve our global expansion goals.”

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

Academy of Ophthalmology Announces 2020 Meeting Will Be Virtual-Only

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The American Academy of Ophthalmology has announced that its annual meeting will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Those who have already registered for the meeting will receive additional information by Wednesday, Aug. 12.

FYidoctors Continues Growth in Ontario With Addition of Innisfil Eye Care

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:30 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, has added Innisfil Eye Care to its operating group, according to an announcement Monday. The practice is operated by Dr. Morrie Sher, who received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 1985. Privately held, FYidoctors is optometrist-owned and operated, and now has more than 500 optometrists, 250 locations and 2,700 employees as part of its portfolio. “Now with over 40 locations across the province, Ontario continues to be an important market for FYi and it’s expansion,” chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer said in the announcement.

National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants.