An independent, family-owned optical practice has rebranded as Wilkie’s Eyecare after acquiring McVey Opticians following founder Eddie McVey’s retirement.

Formerly known as Wilkie & Rider, the practice has expanded to welcome the Glasgow practice and transferred staff to the new company. Director William Wilkie said: ‘We have been looking to expand and saw ourselves as a good match for Mr McVey’s practice as he was keen to sell to another independent firm who will look after his patients and customers with the same high levels of service.

‘We live in challenging times, but we believe there is still a need for our personalised, local service. We are confident that people will continue to shop local and support independents such as us.

‘This is, of course, an important step for us, and we thought it should be marked by a change of name to Wilkie’s Eyecare, which more clearly indicates the professional work we plan to undertake on behalf of a whole new range of prospective patients in the communities of Bearsden, Milngavie, Blanefield and beyond.’

McVey added that he decided to retire after providing patient-centred eye care in the community for 43 years. ‘I am pleased to announce that Willis Wilkie, as practice optometrist, will succeed me. Both of my loyal and experienced staff will continue to work with the new practice owners,’ he said.