A SALTCOATS opticians is to close after becoming part of the 2020 Opticians group.

Duncan and Todd Group, who trade under the name 2020 Opticians, have chosen to merge the branch with another opticians in the town which has also become part of the group.

However, for those who use Opticare, they won't be moving away from Hamilton Street entirely.

Instead, they are to merge with Pearson's Opticians only a few doors down and across the road.

The team will be headed up by Catriona Pearson from Pearson's, who will be welcoming Lorna from Opticare to her team.

The move was confirmed to those who use Opticare in a letter sent out earlier this week.

It said: "I am writing to advise you that Opticare Saltcoats has now become part of the Duncan and Todd group who trade as 2020 Opticians in Glasgow and Ayrshire.

"We are pleased to support the local community of Saltcoats and bring our proven track record of delivering excellent eye and hearing care to the area.

"The current Opticare branch in Saltcoats has merged with Pearson's Opticians at 27 Hamilton Street.

"Catriona Pearson and the team are excited to be welcoming you to their established practice as well as Lorna who is joining the team from Opticare."

The move will also see the introduction of hearing care, new brands, lens products, styles and offers for former Opticare customers.

The letter did not, however, confirm whether other current Opticare staff would be repositioned at Pearson's or other 2020 Opticians branches.