Lenscrafters to Open at Park Royal in West Vancouver

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American prescription eyewear retailer LensCrafters has erected construction signage at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre.

This becomes the second international prescription eyewear retailer in the mall after Bailey Nelson opened in 2019 in addition to B.C.-based Image Optometry which has locations across the lower mainland, Vancouver Island and the interior of the province.

This will become the tenth location in the lower mainland for LensCrafters with other locations in North Vancouver, Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and White Rock.

LensCrafters construction signage at Park Royal Shopping Centre (October 2021)
LensCrafters construction signage at Park Royal Shopping Centre (October 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

LensCrafters was founded in 1983 and sold to the United States Shoe Corporation (U.S. Shoe) in 1984. Its current parent company, Luxottica, initiated a hostile takeover of U.S. Shoes in 1995 in an attempt of acquiring LensCrafters which resulted in a $1.4 billion agreement being inked.

LensCrafter’s eclipsed its closes rival, Pearle Vision, in growth by 1992 and Luxottica purchased the retailer in 2004 resulting in the combination of America’s two largest eyewear retailers.

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Lee Rivett
Lee Rivett
Lee Rivett, based in Vancouver, supports the digital distribution and technical backend operations of Retail Insider. This includes providing technical support for the editors during the digital publication cycle, streamlining virtual tools for the cross-country team and a variety of other duties which keeps the publication running smoothly.

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