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    Hakim Optical

    Anyone in Canada familiar with this company? They seem to be explanding in a big way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edKENdance
    Anyone in Canada familiar with this company? They seem to be explanding in a big way.
    Just set up one store here and is about to set up two more.

    I heard about someone in Winnipeg who was approached by them. They told her to give them her pay slip and they will pay here $20,000 over it. After two weeks she was laid off by them.


    You go into their stores and they have nice frames, but most of the quality is junk. Plus, there are too many. There are probably three to four times as many frames per square foot than the average.


    For AR they use Trio with either Comfort, AO Easy, or AO Active. Then they use the Nikon W as their main lens.

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    Interesting For-Life. They are apparently opening 8 stores here. Offereing people 30% raises over what they are making now and a 10,000 signing bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edKENdance
    Interesting For-Life. They are apparently opening 8 stores here. Offereing people 30% raises over what they are making now and a 10,000 signing bonus.
    Yeah I know. Like I said though, be careful, because the reason why that girl was laid off was due to the fact that they found someone cheaper.

    Here there are no RO's, so that is not a problem, and they have been offering between $50,000 to $100,000 (that price has commission included with it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by For-Life
    Here there are no RO's, so that is not a problem,
    How can there be no RO's? every province must have a registered optician on site...


    Anyway, This is something I've heard, but have no proof of- pure gossip, even if it is 10 years old...

    Hakim buys frames bulk, by the pound.

    Literally. Frames by the pound.

    I know I'll get in trouble for this...

    But is what I know (doesn't mean it's true).
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    Some old stuff, circa 2002

    "Karim Hakim started at age nine grinding lenses out of windowpanes in Tehran to support his widowed mother and two sisters. Now he is sole owner of a 70-store chain based in Toronto, and has no qualms about flaunting his wealth. Hakim, 67, immigrated to Canada in 1967, and started a wholesale manufacturing operation. "I could see I was in the wrong end of the business", he recalls, after learning the lenses he sold for $4 retailed for $60.

    To compete in Imperial Optical's backyard, Hakim needed a different strategy than his main rival. He undercut Imperial, his big breakthrough coming with his "free frames" ad campaign. He would purchase last years' production excess frames in bulk, (some say he buys his frames by the pound) and had knockoffs made overseas. Hakim's sales of $38 million (1992) put him solidly in third place among Canada's retail opticals, behind only the King Group and LensCrafters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwing
    How can there be no RO's? every province must have a registered optician on site...


    Anyway, This is something I've heard, but have no proof of- pure gossip, even if it is 10 years old...

    Hakim buys frames bulk, by the pound.

    Literally. Frames by the pound.

    I know I'll get in trouble for this...

    But is what I know (doesn't mean it's true).
    By no RO's I meant a low amount of RO's (this is just in the region). Therefore there is a high demand for them, but low supply. Sorry for the confusion.

    As for his frames he makes most of them.

    The company uses sales promotions as its main technique of promotions. Wait until you get a flyer in the mail and see the up to seven offers you receive.

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    I was offered a job at Hakim and the guy interveiwing me said "Mr. Hakim can be verbally abusive at times. We need someone who isn't going to get offended by everything he says."

    I said "have a nice day."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock
    I was offered a job at Hakim and the guy interveiwing me said "Mr. Hakim can be verbally abusive at times. We need someone who isn't going to get offended by everything he says."

    I said "have a nice day."
    ha ha ha - that is funny... (not really if you get offended) :)

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    See if they want to buy my store in Jackson, and hire me.

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    hiring

    Yeh i agree, hire Chip and then we can watch Hakim run away:hammer: :cheers:

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