A BRAND new opticians has opened its doors in Helensburgh following a £400,000 investment.

Specsavers has launched in the town, at the site of the former Ellie’s Cellar off-licence in East Princes Street, creating five jobs.

The new store, which opened on Monday, brings even more choice to Burgh residents needing the expertise of an optician.

Services are also available a short distance away in Sinclair Street at Helensburgh Eyecare, at 20 20 Opticians – renamed earlier this year after it was one of nine former Black & Lizars branches taken over by independent Scottish firm Duncan & Todd – and at the town’s branch of Boots.

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The Specsavers team in Helensburgh is headed by director duo Robin Mitchell and Michael Griffin.

Robin has been store director of the neighbouring Specsavers Dumbarton store for more than 15 years, while Michael has risen through the ranks to become store director in Helensburgh after working as an optometrist in Clydebank.

The store also offers an audiology service with audiologist Colin Vallance visiting the store every Tuesday to conduct hearing tests.

Michael said: “We are delighted to open our fantastic new store and look forward to looking after the eyes and ears of Helensburgh’s locals.

"We are holding an official launch this Saturday, September 7 and look forward to welcoming anyone who would like to stop by the store to meet the team.

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“I know the area well having spent time sailing around the west coast growing up and I’m looking forward to our store becoming part of the local community.

“I’ll be based in Helensburgh full-time and Robin will work between here and his Dumbarton store.”