National Vision (NVI) was founded in 1990 to operate Vision Centers for Walmart. In 2005, Berkshire Partners acquired NVI as well as America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and simultaneously merged the two companies. At the time of acquisition, America's Best had just 112 stores.
In January 2009, NVI acquired Eyeglass World and successfully turned around the retailer through a completely new merchandising and marketing strategy.
In 2011, NVI acquired long-time partner, AC Lens, which is now one of the largest online contact lens providers in the United States.
National Vision, Inc. (NVI) is one of the largest optical retailers in the United States, operating over 800 retail locations in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
We employ over 8,000 employees and our retail divisions include America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, Vista Optical inside Fred Meyer and Optical Centers on select military bases.
National Vision has plans to open 75 new locations annually.
National Vision's lab network consists of three domestic locations - St. Cloud, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Utah and Lawrenceville, Georgia - as well as two international locations in China and Mexico. Our lab network has been identified as one of the most efficient and effective in the industry.
With over 600 lab employees, we focus on our goals of high efficiency, low cost, high quality and fast turnaround time. We have the capability to route our eyeglass jobs to the best labs both in the U.S. and internationally.
Through AC Lens, we operate more than twenty websites selling contact lenses and eyeglasses online.