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Specsavers expansion sees new branches and 22 jobs

By Rachel Martin

Specsavers is creating 22 jobs as it opens three new stores in a £750,000 investment across Northern Ireland.

The new shops in Downpatrick, Cookstown and Banbridge bring the total number run by the optician and hearing specialist here to 21.

Seven jobs have been created with the opening of a new store in Downpatrick today, another seven in Cookstown and eight in Banbridge.

The Downpatrick store will be run by Lynsey Caldwell and Paula Cunningham, who have run the Connswater branch in east Belfast for 16 years, while Brian O'Kane, Specsavers Northern Ireland chairman, will be a director of the new Cookstown store.

Mr O'Kane said: "Demand for our services across Northern Ireland is increasing all the time and opening our 21st store here feels like a real achievement.

"We are constantly investing to upgrade our current stores and open new ones in areas which are not already well served by our businesses. The store investments are all being made at a local level by store directors to provide essential health services for local people."

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