Boots Opticians

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Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd
Type Subsidiary
Industry Ophthalmic & dispensing opticians
Predecessor(s) Boots Opticians Ltd,
Dollond & Aitchison Limited,
D & A Professional Services Ltd
Founded 1983 (1983)
Headquarters Nottingham, England, UK
Area served UK
Key people Richard Burbridge, David Cartwright, John Edwards (directors) [1]
Products Spectacles, contact lenses
Revenue Increase £235.5m (2011) [1]
Operating income Increase £17.7m (2011) [1]
Profit Increase £13.1m (2011) [1]
Owner(s) AB Acquisitions Holdings Ltd (Gibraltar) via Alliance Boots GmbH (Switzerland)
Employees 4,156 (average full-time equiv, 2011) [1]
Parent Boots Optical Investment Holdings Ltd

Boots Opticians operates a chain of ophthalmic and dispensing optician stores in the United Kingdom. The company is a subsidiary of Alliance Boots (58%) and De Rigo (42%).


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.[2][3]

Boots Opticians, combined with old D&A, has now also become one of the biggest franchisers in the sector.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd, Directors' report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2011, approved 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ Griffin, Jon (2009-01-29). "Boots takes over Dollond & Aitchison". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Boots Opticians to merge with Dollond & Aitchison". Alliance Boots. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 

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