|Industry||Ophthalmic & dispensing opticians|
|Predecessor(s)||Boots Opticians Ltd,
Dollond & Aitchison Limited,
D & A Professional Services Ltd
|Headquarters||Nottingham, England, UK|
|Key people||Richard Burbridge, David Cartwright, John Edwards (directors) |
|Products||Spectacles, contact lenses|
|Revenue||£235.5m (2011) |
|Operating income||£17.7m (2011) |
|Profit||£13.1m (2011) |
|Owner(s)||AB Acquisitions Holdings Ltd (Gibraltar) via Alliance Boots GmbH (Switzerland)|
|Employees||4,156 (average full-time equiv, 2011) |
|Parent||Boots Optical Investment Holdings Ltd|
The company first began trading in the British optical retail market in 1983 in Nottingham, before opening practices in Peterborough, Leeds, Mansfield, Luton and Derby in 1984. Boots Opticians celebrated 25 years of eyecare services in 2008.
On 29 January 2009, it was announced that Boots Opticians were to merge with Dollond & Aitchison, forming a chain of 690 stores and 5,000 staff after Boots purchased a controlling share in D&A. The two companies are currently in the process of merging under the Boots Opticians name.
Boots Opticians, combined with old D & A, has now also become one of the biggest franchise in the sector.
- Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd, Directors' report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2011, approved 30 June 2011.
- Griffin, Jon (2009-01-29). "Boots takes over Dollond & Aitchison". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Boots Opticians to merge with Dollond & Aitchison". Alliance Boots. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29.[dead link]