|Headquarters||Savannah, Georgia, United States|
|Products||Eyewear, glasses, sunglasses|
|Parent||The Blackstone Group|
Pearle Optical is an American chain of eye care stores. It was founded by Stanley Pearle, an optometrist in Savannah, Georgia, USA, in 1961. He also founded Pearle Vision (market name in the United States) and its express store, Pearle Express, in the same year. The company's European division, Pearle Europe, is now owned by the American company BlackRock LLC, also the parent company of Atasun Optik, Lensmaster and GrandVision. The North American Pearle Vision stores are owned by the American private equity firm The Blackstone Group.
The Pearle chain of opticians in Europe has more than 1000 branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Finland and Estonia. For more than 40 years the company has been selling branded products and products under its own brand name.
The first Pearle Optical store in the Middle East opened in Marina Mall, Kuwait, on January 15, 2003, and currently operates 18 stores in the Middle East: 4 in Kuwait, 10 in KSA, 3 in UAE and 1 in Qatar.
Notably, Pearle Vision has repeatedly experienced difficulty operating successfully in California. Its traditional business model directly conflicts with California's strong consumer protection statutes which are designed to prevent the obvious conflict of interest that arises when an optometrist and an optician practice side-by-side in the same business (one can prescribe more eyewear to be made by the other, thus inflating the overall profits of the business). On June 12, 2006, the Supreme Court of California ruled that Pearle Vision could not escape the reach of those statutes, and Pearle Vision's attempts to find a loophole through the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 were unavailing.
Stanley Pearle died on July 21, 2011. He is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great‐grandchildren.
- People v. Cole, 38 Cal. 4th 964 (2006).
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