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ONE of Perth’s longest established opticians is eyeing-up a move

ONE of Perth’s longest established opticians is eyeing-up a move. 

Salmoni’s will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year by relocating from cramped South Street premises to state-of-the-art facilities being created in South Methven Street. 

Local property developer Verimac has lodged a planning application with Perth and Kinross Council for an opticians’ practice, paving the way to the business joining Dental Care Perth within the £1 million Old Bank development. 

Director and long-time Perthshire Chamber of Commerce member Eddie Russell (50), who also operates a practice in Bridge of Allan, said the move will allow for further expansion and additional jobs. 

“I am only the third owner of a business established in 1971 by well-known Perth man Norman Salmoni and the first qualified optometrist to own one of Scotland’s oldest practices,” he explained. 

“Over the past 12 years we have gone from strength to strength and have simply outgrown our South Street premises. 

“We did have opportunities to relocate elsewhere but our roots are in Perth and we envisage scope for further expansion when the pandemic is behind us.” 

The Glasgow Caledonian University graduate believes he has identified the “right opportunity” at the one-time Clydesdale Bank headquarters. 

“Many businesses are steering clear of investment in the current climate of uncertainty but we have decided to grasp the nettle and press ahead with our 50th anniversary looming. 

“A purpose-built practice boasting the very latest equipment within The Old Bank will create four consulting rooms, our own laboratory and instrument room and provide us with potential for future expansion. 

“This is a major, ground-breaking investment and obviously we couldn’t ignore the economic impact of the pandemic. 

“Like most businesses we have had to take far-reaching steps to ensure the safety of our clients, including social distancing and booking in fewer appointments to allow more time for in-depth cleaning. 

“I suppose it is a show of faith in Perth as a place to do business now and in the future. 

“Our industry is changing dramatically and is fast becoming an integral part of primary health care. In many ways we will complement the dental practice next door. 

“Regular eye examinations are vital to detect early signs of degenerative conditions and we are exploring opportunities to add hearing to our skills set.” 

The 15-strong Salmoni’s team includes four highly skilled optometrists, four dispensing opticians and 95% of spectacles are glazed on-site. 

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