End is in sight for the merger of two opticians

Southsea Coast Emporium was packed for the tea duelling event Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘Tea duelling’ marks two years of trading

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NEXT Wednesday will see the official opening of the combined Dollond & Aitchison and Boots Opticians in Portsmouth’s Commercial Road shopping centre.

The opening comes after the D&A store moved into the Boots Opticians premises following the merger of the two companies to form the largest optical chain in the UK.

Andrew Chandler, retail director for Boots Opticians, said: ‘Since the merger of Boots Opticians with Dollond & Aitchison, good progress has been made with the integration of the two businesses.’