Essex-based independent Patrick & Menzies acquired Piper and Priem on Manningtree high street after previous owner Stephen Priem decided to reduce his hours before retiring.

Patrick & Menzies opened its fourth optical practice on September 21 and added to its existing sites in Braintree, Brightlingsea and Mersea.

Dan Edwards, partner and dispensing optician at Patrick & Menzies, said: ‘As a proudly independent optician, Patrick & Menzies has been looking after people’s eyes for more than 30 years. Our professional team always goes the extra mile to take care of our patients and make sure their eyecare is the best it can be.

‘We are really excited to be taking on the Manningtree branch, which will offer fantastic service to customers as well as a greater selection of frames. We are delighted that although Stephen Priem is retiring, he will continue to be a familiar face at the branch, working a reduced number of days alongside new optometrists joining the team.’

A full refurbishment has taken place at the practice, which included new flooring, wiring and lighting, plus a refreshed frame offering and new equipment in the consulting room.

Patrick & Menzies was established in 1988 by Andrew Patrick and Gill Menzies, both of whom had worked in and around North Essex for several years before that.