Specsavers has committed to opening further supermarket-based practices following news of a proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda Group.

The deal, announced late last month, was poised to create a complementary network of more than 2,800 Sainsbury’s, Asda and Argos stores, with each brand kept distinct from one another.

Paul Marshall, Specsavers UK managing director, said: ‘We are delighted with the success of our collaboration with Sainsbury’s and look forward to continuing our relationship, offering professional, affordable and convenient eye care to more and more of their customers.

‘As of today, there are 10 Specsavers practices open within Sainsbury’s stores and we have plans to open a significant number of additional sites in the year ahead.’

Dean Clegg, director of property at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘We’re always looking for ways to provide customers with greater choice and convenience in our stores. We are thrilled be the location of Specsavers’ practices and it’s a great example of how we are broadening and differentiating our in-store offer to give shoppers even more reasons to visit Sainsbury’s.’

Other retail partners using Sainsbury’s supermarket footfall as a springboard include eateries Patisserie Valerie and Sushi Gourmet, Lloyds Pharmacy and Timpsons.