Boots Opticians

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Boots Opticians Ltd.
IndustryOphthalmic & dispensing opticians
PredecessorClement Clarke Ltd.
Dollond & Aitchison Ltd.
Founded1983 (1983)
HeadquartersNottingham, England, UK
Area served
Key people
Richard Burbridge, David Cartwright, John Edwards (directors) [1]
ProductsSpectacles, contact lenses
RevenueIncrease £235.5m (2011) [1]
Increase £17.7m (2011) [1]
Increase £13.1m (2011) [1]
OwnerWalgreens Boots Alliance
Number of employees
4,156 (average full-time equiv, 2011) [1]
ParentBoots UK (1987–present)
SubsidiariesBoots Opticians Professional Services

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


Boots Optician branch in Chichester, West Sussex.

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.

All of Boots Opticians' laser eye surgeries were bought by Optical Express in late 2004.

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]

It was reported by Express that Boots is considering to close down more than 200 stores within two years.[4]

Boots Opticians, combined with the old D&A, has become a large franchiser in the sector with 183 franchisees.

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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. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Boots UK closures: Is your local store closing? Boots reviewing 'underperforming' stores". Express. 29 May 2019.

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