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Historic Gloucestershire family opticians Norville is looking at potential sale

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 14 June 2020 16:23

Historic Gloucestershire family opticians Norville is looking at potential sale

A family owned business which famously produced Gandhi’s spectacles, supplies major high street brands with lenses and employs more than 100 staff has spoken out to quash rumours. 

Norville Group, which has its head offices in Magdala Road, Gloucester, and employs an estimated 100-plus staff, has been in business for more than 100 years. 

The ophthalmic experts also has a network of nationwide laboratories, in addition to the Gloucester hub, at Bolton, Edinburgh and Seaham.

A statement from the firm, which also supplies major supermarkets, did confirm talks were underway about its future. 

“The Norville Group and Norville Opticians are not in receivership nor administration," said the statement.

“The boards are in discussions with parties interested inacquiring the businesses as going concernsThose discussions are ongoing and confidential and we are unable to comment further at this time."

Norville Eyewear brands include Barbour, Barbour International, Dana Buchman, Duck & Cover, Progear and Racing Green. 

The firm also has its own in-house brands including Mai-Zee, Superlite & Blitz Kidz and a range of safety specs, as well as one of the biggest UK ranges of sports prescription frames. 

Its lense brands include Transitions, Nupolar, Drivewear, Trivex/NXT and Sunsensors and its specialist products include Vista Mesh lenses for night driving and migraine, ReadEZ tinted lenses for Meares Irlen and E-Scoop spectacle loupe lenses aimed at AMD sufferers. 

As for the aforementioned spectacles of Mahatma Gandhi, the iconic Indian lawyer and social activist - of friends of his - are understood to have purchased his iconic rimless spectacles from Norville’s opticians in St Aldate Street, Gloucester, back in the early 1900s. 

When they were sold at auction in 2012 in Ludlow, Shropshire, they fetched an eye-watering £30,000.

Published on Friday, June 12.

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