Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Sharpening vision since 1915, the ocular experts at Buenau’s Opticians craft lightweight lenses and pair them with a vast array of fashionable frames. A thorough eye exam ($95) evaluates patients’ peepers to determine ocular health, vision, and likelihood of shooting lasers from the pupils. The style-savvy staff can help customers navigate more than 700 frames from designers including Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Hard-to-fit patients may adorn their noses with the 2.5 TwoPointFive frames, a micro-cristalline polyamide frame designed to flex and adapt to virtually any face shape. Customers can pair Hugo Boss frames ($220) with a set of polycarbonate lenses ($125), or spruce up a set of old spectacles with polycarbonate transition lenses ($200). With the Smart Mirror, an imaging device that takes a series of photographs to allow virtual try-ons, patients can view their frames without their prescription lenses or the aid of a sketch artist.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
Their curved silhouettes would not look out of place in a high-end automobile showroom. The sleek titanium and alloy frames, some attached by spring hinges, are stamped with logos from brands such as Oliver Peoples, Giorgio Armani, and Cole Hahn. At Visions of Longmeadow, optical experts, who each possess at least 15 years of experience in the eyewear business, preside over the colorful range of glasses. Some members of the crew have nurtured their passion for eyesight at the shop, which has been in business since 1988, and others simply want help finding Waldo at the candy-cane factory. After customers have selected frames, they pair them with lenses ranging from basic single-vision lenses to high-index, scratch-resistant, antireflective, and transitional varieties.