December 15, 2020
The optical company hired 12 new graduates amidst its 40 optometrist hires this year
GREEN BAY, Wis. – As 2020 comes to an end, Shopko Optical is happy to announce its steady growth in hiring qualified optometrists and expanding its optical centers during a tumultuous year. The optical company has opened 11 centers within new and existing markets while also hiring 40 optometrists. Twelve of these hires are recent graduates from notable colleges such as Illinois College of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry, Kentucky College of Optometry, New England College of Optometry and Salus University College of Optometry.
“While this year came with many challenges, we are proud of the agility and dedication that our staff displayed to provide the best care possible for our patients,” said Russ Steinhorst, CEO of Shopko Optical. “With our core focus on our patient’s needs, the demand for more centers and staff naturally grew, along with a loyal patient base. We are proud to hire exceptional optometrists, from new grads to experienced professionals, to fill that need.”
Apart from new graduate hires, Shopko Optical also expanded its team by adding 28 career-experienced optometrists in 2020. “For any qualified optometrists considering joining our team, we want them to know that they are welcome at Shopko Optical,” said Steinhorst.
After a successful year amid the pandemic, Shopko Optical is looking forward to expanding its center locations and staff in 2021. Ending the year, it has signed five new leases that will be opening early 2021 in Aurora, IL, Hudson and Fond du Lac, WI, Papillion, NE and Savage, MN, and expects to open more than 50 new centers by the end of 2021. For more information on job opportunities and new locations, visit shopko.com.
About Shopko Optical
Shopko Optical is the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, 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 2020 and beyond. For more information, visit Shopko.com. For more information, visit shopko.com.
About Monarch Alternative Capital LP
Monarch Alternative Capital LP is a private investment firm with approximately $5 billion in assets under management across various investment vehicles. Monarch was founded in 2002 and focuses primarily on opportunistic investing across distressed debt, special situations equity and real estate. The firm has offices in New York and London.
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