Optical Goods Retailing - UK - February 2019
“The takeover of Tesco Opticians by Vision Express at the end of 2017 marks a major change, injecting a ‘big 3’ opticians’ brand into more than 200 supermarket sites. In 2019 Asda’s own opticians’ operation is likely to gain from the proposed merger of Asda with Sainsbury’s creating stiff competition for opticians outlets in conventional shopping locations. Online sales of glasses, currently less than 5% by value, remain relatively under-developed compared with other retail sectors, but will grow, helped by better technology which helps online shoppers visualise the appearance and fit of glasses.”
– Jane Westgarth, Senior Retail Analyst
This Report looks at the following areas:
What are the implications of opticians moving into supermarkets?
Is falling footfall in town centres affecting opticians?
Is online taking a greater market share of optical goods?
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