MASON, Ohio, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, is proud to announce it has signed an agreement with two local entrepreneurs to assume ownership of the location in Columbia, Tenn.Tony and Donna Schlemmer now own and operate the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care center at 1301 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. The center was formally a corporate-owned location and has served thousands of customers since 1990.
"My wife and I are excited to be owners of our first center in Columbia," said Tony Schlemmer. "We look forward to applying our vast experience in the optometry industry to serve Columbia residents as a trusted source for all of their eye care needs. We also look forward to growing our business in the years to come."
As first-time licensees, Tony and Donna Schlemmer have been residents of Kingston Springs, Tenn. for over 18 years. Both are experienced licensed opticians with Donna serving patients in this role for nearly 30 years and Tony for over 18 years. So, when the Schlemmers made the decision to open their own business, they knew it was a natural fit for them to join the Pearle Vision brand. The Schlemmers also are long-time, active members of the Chamber of Commerce in Maury County.
"We are thrilled that Tony and Donna have joined Pearle Vision and are confident that their patients will benefit from their extensive experience in the optometry profession," said Tammy Reaves, vice president of licensing and development at Pearle Vision. "Pearle Vision is poised for growth this year and has aggressive plans to convert corporate-owned neighborhood eye care centers to licensees, and we are seeking optometrists and eye care professionals, like Tony and Donna, who have a desire to serve their communities to join our growing network of licensed operators."
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 600 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. Most recently, Pearle Vision ranked #112 in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500, making a 48-point increase from the 2013 ranking.
Pearle Vision is now seeking to grow its national footprint and has development opportunities, including existing centers with established customer bases, in markets from coast-to-coast. To fuel further 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 their initial investment to build a new center to cost approximately $200,000, in addition to a licensing fee of $30,000.
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 over 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. Proprietary brands include Ray-Ban, the world's most famous sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette while licensed brands include Giorgio 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 Brazil and one plant in the United States devoted to the production of sports eyewear. In 2013 Luxottica Group posted net sales of more than Euro 7.3 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com.
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