National Vision is America's low cost provider of comprehensive, quality eye care and vision health. We bundle best-in-class affordable eyewear pricing with comprehensive eye exams to ensure high quality vision care and a differentiated value proposition to our patients.
National Vision, Inc. (NVI) is one of the largest optical retailers in the United States, operating over 950 retail locations in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. We believe we are the fastest growing U.S. optical chain, having opened 475 stores in the past 10 years and having delivered 61 consecutive quarters of positive comparable store sales growth.
We employ over 10,000 employees and our retail divisions include America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers brought to you by Walmart, Vista Optical inside Fred Meyer and Vista Optical on select military bases. Through our e-commerce division, AC Lens, we operate more than 18 websites selling contact lenses and eyeglasses online. National Vision has plans to open 75 new locations annually.
National Vision's lab network consists of three domestic locations - St. Cloud, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Utah and Lawrenceville, Georgia - as well as two international locations in China and Mexico. Our lab network has been identified as one of the most efficient and effective in the industry. With over 600 lab employees, we focus on our goals of high efficiency, low cost, high quality and fast turnaround time. We have the capability to route our eyeglass jobs to the best labs both in the U.S. and internationally.
As one of the largest employer of optometrists in the industry, doctors are the heart of National Vision’s business. We offer doctors a unique opportunity to focus solely on the customer, alleviating many of the frustrations private practice owners face. We invest in new technologies with optical innovators to create an optimum environment for doctors to deliver top-notch care.
National Vision (NVI) was founded in 1990 to operate Vision Centers for Walmart. In 2005, Berkshire Partners acquired NVI as well as America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and simultaneously merged the two companies. At the time of acquisition, America's Best had just 112 stores.
In January 2009, NVI acquired Eyeglass World and successfully turned around the retailer through a completely new merchandising and marketing strategy.
In 2011, NVI acquired long-time partner, AC Lens, which is now one of the largest online contact lens providers in the United States.
Today, National Vision remains focused on making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible as we continue to expand across the country.