HELENSBURGH will welcome a new opticians this summer after Specsavers confirmed they are moving into a town centre premises.

The specialist eyecare firm are taking over the site at 16 East Princes Street, formerly the Ellie's Cellar off-licence, which is moving to the old post office building in Colquhoun Square over this weekend.

Specsavers said no opening date has been confirmed yet, but work will shortly get under way under way to fit out the shop unit and it is expected to open in August.

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A Specsavers spokesperson said: "We are always looking at ways of better serving local communities in Scotland and we are delighted to confirm that we will be opening a new store in Helensburgh later this summer.

"We look forward to welcoming customers to the new store which will offer exceptional services along with stylish yet affordable eyewear to people of all ages."

The move will set the new store in direct competition with local firm Helensburgh Eyecare, which is just around the corner on Sinclair Street.

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However, a statement on the Helensburgh Eyecare Facebook page reassured customers.

It read: "Don’t worry everyone! This is not our shop, we just have new neighbours coming.

"We have been here for 10 years and are not going anywhere anytime soon!

"We are still here for all your eyecare and eyewear needs."

Sinclair Street is also home to the town's 20 20 Opticians store, which was renamed earlier this year as one of nine former Black & Lizars branches taken over by the Scottish independent optician Duncan & Todd, and to optical services at the town's branch of Boots.