Boots Opticians

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Boots Opticians Ltd.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Ophthalmic & dispensing opticians
Predecessors Clement Clarke Ltd.
Dollond & Aitchison 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]
Owners 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
Subsidiaries Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd.

Boots Opticians Ltd. 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 Ltd. was formed in 1987, with the acquisition of Clement Clarke Ltd. and Curry and Paxton Ltd.

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 (29 January 2009). "Boots takes over Dollond & Aitchison". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Boots Opticians to merge with Dollond & Aitchison". Alliance Boots. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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