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 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.