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Shopko Optical Acquires InnoVision Eyecare and Opens New Center

March 28, 2022

Dr. Gareth Hataye to continue patient care at new Albert Lea, MN, location and Austin, MN, location


GREEN BAY, Wis.Shopko Optical, a leader in providing trusted eye care to communities for over 40 years, is pleased to announce the acquisition of InnoVision Eyecare in Albert Lea, 232 S. Broadway, and InnoVision Eyecare in Austin, 318 N. Main St.

Dr. Gareth S. Hataye closed InnoVision Eyecare on Thursday, March 24, but will continue optometric care for his patients at Shopko Optical’s new Albert Lea location,1629 Blake Ave., and Shopko Optical Austin, 1004 8th Ave. NW, beginning March 28.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Dr. Hataye and his patients to this new Shopko Optical center in Albert Lea, along with our existing location in Austin,” said Russ Steinhorst, Shopko Optical CEO. “Our new patients will be pleased to receive the same thorough and trusted eye care they have come to rely on, with an enhanced eyewear offering and convenient extended hours.”

Dr. Hataye is excited to continue serving the Albert Lea and Austin communities. “Shopko Optical’s demonstrated approach to personalized and comprehensive care makes them a trusted pillar in the eye care industry,” said Hataye. “And I’m thrilled to join their team and continue my practice at the Austin location as well as the new Albert Lea center.”

In addition, Shopko Optical’s Kids in Focus program will work with the Albert Lea and Austin local Lions Clubs to identify eligible children within the area to receive a comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses at no charge from Shopko Optical. Those looking to participate can contact their local Lions Club.

Shopko Optical accepts most major vision plans, including EyeMed, UHC Vision, Davis Vision, Superior Vision, Avesis, and many more. Shopko Optical is also an open-access provider for VSP. 

To certify coverage, book an appointment with an optometrist, or find a Shopko Optical center, visit Shopko.com.


About Shopko Optical
Shopko Optical, the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, is an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital LP. For more than 40 years, Shopko Optical has provided excellent patient-centric care and high-quality eyewear through its dedicated team of nearly 700 optometrists (independent doctors of optometry in IA, ID, MT, SD, and WA) and opticians. Shopko Optical expects further growth in 2022 and beyond. For more information, visit Shopko.com.

For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Schwartz
Public Relations Strategist, Element
Phone: (920) 702-1237
Email: Tricia@goelement.com

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