Pearle Vision announced recently that it is planning to re-license 34 of its locations across 10 states, including 10 to 15 of its locations in Michigan.
The company, which is owned by fashion, luxury and sports eyewear group Luxottica, identified Michigan, Florida and Ohio as the first markets for its aggressive re-licensing effort.
In Michigan, locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint are available. The company did not provide an exact number of locations available in Grand Rapids, but said there are several.
"Currently, we are seeking dedicated optometrists to join our growing network of licensed operators and purchase company-owned centers with thriving operations and an existing patient base,” said Srinivas Kumar, senior vice president and general manager at Pearle Vision.
The company said that optometrists can benefit from taking on a Pearle Vision franchise, because of a strong doctor-centered business model that is already in place, as well as licensee support teams that handle all aspects of the retail business.
In addition to optometrists, qualifying entrepreneurs and investors also will be considered.
“A Pearle Vision licensed operator benefits from all of the training, systems and support necessary to manage an optical business,” said Amanda DelPrete, a media relations representative for the company. “Licensees are provided comprehensive classroom, online and in-store training that will prepare them to run their own business. Pearle Vision licensed operators also benefit from an annual $35 million national marketing and advertising program.”
Pearle Vision locations typically support three to eight employees, and current re-licensing plans allow employees to retain their jobs with the stores.
Optometrists and investors interested in exploring re-licensing or new development opportunities can visit the company's website.