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The company first began trading in the British optical retail market in 1983 in Nottingham, before opening practices in Peterborough, Leeds, Mansfield, Luton and Derby in 1984. Boots Opticians Ltd. was formed in 1987, with the acquisition of Clement Clarke Ltd. and Curry and Paxton Ltd.
On 29 January 2009, it was announced that Boots Opticians were to merge with Dollond & Aitchison, forming a chain of 690 stores and 5,000 staff after Boots purchased a controlling share in D&A.
Boots Opticians, combined with the old D&A, has now also become one of the biggest franchisers in the sector with 183 franchisees.