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Essilor reassures independents following confirmation of GrandVision bid

The company will continue to develop its relationships with independent practice owners

Tim Precious
Essilor is committed to increasing its investment and developing the UK independent market, its managing director Tim Precious told OT.

When asked how EssilorLuxottica’s bid to take over GrandVision will affect its relationship with independent practitioners, Mr Precious explained to OT that Essilor places a lot of value on the independent market.

“Essilor has great, loyal customers who we’ve formed and nurtured excellent relationships with over the years. We don’t want that to change,” he said.

Mr Precious shared that since Essilor and Luxottica merged in October 2018, it has been “business as usual” for Essilor’s UK business.

“We are going to deliver on the promises we’ve made continuing to innovate, offering exclusive solutions and helping practice owners develop their businesses. There’s a lot of value in the independent market in the UK and why would we want to damage that?” he explained to OT.

“Our best innovations are designed for the independent sector and I continue to see that segmentation working very well for Essilor and our customers. We’ll continue to be there as the strongest business partner to independents in the coming years,” he concluded.

Pictured: Tim Precious celebrating 60 years of Varilux