Key Historical Developments

The development that led to the GrandVision of today began when the international investment company HAL Holding entered the optical market in 1996 by acquiring the majority share of the Dutch and Belgian operations of the US-based Pearle Vision. The continuous growth since then was fueled by numerous other acquisitions, including the French based optical retailer GrandVision SA in 2005. The stage was then set for the creation of a global leader in optical retailing.

However, GrandVision can track the history of its banners all the way back to the 19th century. For example, part of GrandVision’s roots were laid in Finland, when Christian Nissen opened his first store in Helsinki in 1891. More than 120 years later, Nissen is one of GrandVision’s leading retail banners in Finland.

Success in providing superior customer service and the consequent commitment to high quality and affordable eye care has led to more growth, more customers, more stores and more successful retail banners – further extending the availability of high quality and affordable eye care around the world.

In recent years the acquisition and network expansion continued with, among others, acquisitions in Colombia, Greece and Cyprus in 2011, the Netherlands and Mexico in 2012, the United Kingdom in 2013, and Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Peru, Italy, Turkey and China in 2014. GrandVision is now present in 43 countries, with over 5,800 stores.

The success and growth story continued with the successful listing of GrandVision on Euronext Amsterdam on 6 February 2015.