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Optical Retail Giant Files for IPO

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It would use the stock symbol ‘EYE.’

DULUTH, GA — National Vision Holdings Inc. announced that it has made a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.

The company is seeking to list its common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “EYE,” according to a press release. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.
Renaissance Capital writes that National Vision hopes to raise as much as $100 million through the IPO.

National Vision is one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S. with 980 retail stores and 19 consumer websites. The company’s operations include America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Optical locations inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases.

National Vision previously operated as a public company until 2005. At that point, Berkshire Partners took the firm private, Renaissance Capital notes.

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KKR & Co. purchased National Vision three years ago.

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