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£800K investment in Bedford sees the doubling of optical and audiology services

Inside Specsavers Bedford with chars and a waiting area and sign saying contact lenses.

Caption: Specsavers in the Harpur Centre before refit

BEDFORD’S elected Mayor Tom Wootton will be among those celebrating the £800,000 refit of an opticians store this month.

The Specsavers store, located in the Hapur Centre, will open its doors on 18 March after three months of work on the expansion, which includes a doubling of testing rooms and two designated audiology rooms.  

Now having 11 testing rooms and two rooms dedicated to audiology services, the team has welcomed two new optical assistants who were hired locally and are currently being trained in store.

The grand re-opening will begin at 11am and will have cake, ribbon-cutting and drinks available to all customers, and the Mayor, Tom Wootton, will be attending the celebration to show support for businesses in Bedford. 

The ophthalmic director, Rakesh Nanda, says: ‘It has been a long wait but we are so happy with how the store looks and can’t wait to serve more people in Bedford.’

The Hapur store opened in 1991.The team has a combined experience of over 180 years, has tested 100,000 people and has had the audiology services for almost 21 years.

The ophthalmic director, Dharshana Chauhan, says: ‘It has been amazing to help the people of Bedford, and this expansion is so exciting as we will be able to help more people faster.’

Anyone unable to visit the Specsavers Bedford store unaccompanied due to disability or illness may be eligible to receive care at home via a team of mobile opticians. The Specsavers home visits service covers more than 90% of the UK. To check eligibility, please visit

£800K investment in Bedford sees the doubling of optical and audiology services


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