Oscar Wylee is celebrating its 100th store, having opened the doors of a new site in Albany on the north shore of Auckland, New Zealand on 9 August.
The Albany store is the 28th new store for the company this year and according to Oscar Wylee, there are more to come.
“We are always looking for new location opportunities to expand access to eye care across Australia and New Zealand,” said Kane Ford, the Director of Retail Operations at Oscar Wylee.
Oscar Wylee has grown into an international organisation with 100 stores and over 800 team members across Australia and New Zealand
Recent sites opened include Mornington in Victoria, Orange in New South Wales, Fremantle in Western Australia and Launceston in Tasmania. To support the new stores, the Australian optometry chain has hired over 170 employees since the beginning of 2021. “We anticipate that our continued growth will create over 400 new jobs over the year and contribute to the recovering economy and job market,” said Mr Ford.
Oscar Wylee has grown rapidly since brothers Jack Teoh and Bob Teoh purchased the company with their investment firm and began to expand its operations. At the time, it was a small ecommerce operation delivering glasses over the internet with no physical store footprint. Since then, Oscar Wylee has grown into an international organisation with 100 stores and over 800 team members across Australia and New Zealand.
Focus on Employees
Oscar Wylee says it is focussed on employee benefits and meeting the needs of the community by providing bulk billed clinical care.
Staff are given the opportunity to undertake a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing and leadership training as well as optometry license fee reimbursement. Work-life balance is encouraged by providing in-store teams with two consecutive days off every week. Additionally, each new store is fitted with modern digital retinal scanning and visual field equipment to provide staff and customers with a quality optical testing experience.
The eyewear retailer has no plans of slowing down, with preparations for new store locations constantly underway. It aims to put its modern optometry equipment and expanded store network to good use by providing comprehensive, bulk-billed eye tests to more people.