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Hager Optical Inc. closes after more than 50 years

William Sachs, president of family eye-care business, blames economic times

January 17, 2013

Hager Optical Inc. has closed after more than a half-century in business.

William Sachs, who had been president of the eye-care business, on Wednesday confirmed that he closed Hager Optical last November.

In a notice he had posted on the front door of the 251 E. Baltimore St. office building, Sachs thanked “our loyal customers for 57 years of business. The tough economic environment and the commoditization of basic vision and eyecare services have forced us to this decision. We are saddened by this action and apologize for your inconvenience. We wish you well in the future.”

Asked to comment further on the closing, Sachs declined.

He said the business, unlike a medical office, has no medical sort of records. But, he said, if former customers have questions about that, they could write to the former business’s address, where he still receives mail. The address is: Hager Optical, 251 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

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“If I can assist people, I certainly would do that,” Sachs said. “But there’s no medical (kind of) records. We were mostly opticians for many years.”

Sachs said the family-owned business was founded by his father.

The 251 E. Baltimore St. building, which is across the street from the site of the former Washington County Hospital, is also home to Retina Center of Western Maryland.

Retina Center, an ongoing business, has never had any association with Hager Optical, Sachs said.

— Arnold S. Platou

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