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Urquhart Opticians acquires three more practices



Urquhart Opticians has added three further optical practices to its existing five, through the acquisition of MacGregor Opticians in West Kilbride, Saltcoats and Stranraer.

The firm now plans to upgrade facilities, including introducing new equipment to provide enhanced eye examinations.

Linda Dempsey, an optometrist who has been with Urquhart’s for four years, has been appointed director of the Stranraer practice and has invested in the practice as a co-owner.

Neil Gray, who is similarly director and co-owner of the Kilwinning practice, now adds responsibility for Saltcoats and West Kilbride.

Peter Telfer, managing director of Urquharts, explained: “We hope very soon to bring many added benefits to the three new locations, as well as creating development opportunities for our staff.”

The MacGregors’ Opticians practices were first established in Saltcoats in 1988, with the sale arising this year through the retirement of the founder’s son, Brian Macgregor.

He said: “I could not be happier to be passing my father’s legacy and my own life’s work on to the Urquhart’s team – both sides have taken time to ensure it’s an exciting development for staff, clients and the community at large.”

The Stranraer practice is Urquhart’s first outside Ayrshire and increases staff numbers to 40.

The six figure purchase of the MacGregor’s chain looks set to be doubled over the next two years, as all three new practices will be refitted with upgraded facilities.

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