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Oscar Wylee announces Canadian entrance

Oscar Wylee Canada

Australian eyewear retailer Oscar Wylee is expanding into the Canadian market, with its first store opening in Alberta at the end of this month.

The announcement follows the recent opening of its 100th retail store in Australia and New Zealand, with 27 of those locations added this year alone.

In Canada, the company is also planning to establish itself at four further locations in Halifax, Calgary and Toronto.

With a focus on employee benefits, it has promised to provide its Canadian optometrists with generous daily minimums, uncapped earning potential and qualified support staff. Additionally, it says each new store will be “fitted with top-quality DRS and visual field equipment to provide staff and customers with a quality optical testing experience”.

The franchise’s 100th ANZ practice was in the Auckland suburb of Albany. Other recent locations include; Mornington (Victoria), Orange, (New South Wales), Fremantle, (Western Australia) and Launceston (Tasmania).

The local Australian optometry chain said it had hired more than 170 employees since the beginning of 2021 for its new stores and support office team. It has more than 800 employees across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

“We are always looking for new location opportunities to expand access to quality eyecare.” said Kane Ford, the company’s director of retail operations, said.

Oscar Wylee has grown rapidly since brothers Mr Jack Teoh and Mr Bob Teoh purchased the company with their investment firm and began to expand its operations.

At the time, it was a small e-commerce operation delivering glasses over the internet with no brick-and-mortar store. It opened its first physical store in 2015.

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