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Bennett Optometry Is Sold

But the staff will continue as Clarkson Eyecare.

by Sabine Bickford

From the January, 2020 issue

After more than forty years, Dr. Steven Bennett plans to retire from Bennett Optometry in the new year. His name will retire with him, replaced by that of the new owner, St. Louis-based Clarkson Eyecare.

"I was looking for companies that weren't just buying [businesses] and then not running them properly," says Bennett. He says the practice's services and staff will remain the same under Clarkson. Plus, he adds, "the name 'Bennett Optometry' will still be visible ... they're still going to have the sign on the door and things like that."

Like the sign, Bennett thinks he might stick around for a while after the ownership transition. "I may come in periodically and see the patients that I've had for thirty, forty years. I'm still going to be active, but it just won't be on an everyday basis," he says.

The office on Main St. was founded by Bennett's father, Herman, in 1949, and Bennett recently opened a second location in Plymouth Rd.'s Traver Village. Bennett estimates that between the two locations, he and his team see over 20,000 local patients. "Most people [in Ann Arbor] have been in the office at least once," he says.

At sixty-nine, Bennett says he wants to travel and enjoy his later years before he loses the opportunity. "My father retired probably in his eighties. He loved his work and was very emotionally tied to the office, but what he said to me after [retiring] was 'I think I made a mistake. I should have retired earlier so I was able to do more of the things that I wanted to do--because I love the office, but I would have liked to have done other things.' So that's what stuck with me."

Still, says Bennett, securing that opportunity for himself is bittersweet. "It's a happy sadness," he says. "People spontaneously hug me and I hug back."

Bennett Optometry-Clarkson Eyecare. 117 S. MAIN ST. (734) 667-5306. Mon.& Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tue., Wed., & Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Closed Sun. 2623 PLYMOUTH RD. (734) 930-2373. Mon.& Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tue., Wed., & Fri. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Closed Sun.     (end of article)

[Originally published in January, 2020.]


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