1. General Information
GrandVision N.V. (‘the Company’) is a public limited liability company and is incorporated and domiciled in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands. GrandVision N.V. is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. The Company's Chamber of Commerce registration number is 50338269. The address of its registered office is as follows: The Base, Evert van de Beekstraat 1-80, Tower C, 6th floor, 1118 CL Schiphol, the Netherlands.
At 31 December 2017, 76.72% of the issued shares are owned by HAL Optical Investments B.V. and 22.47% by institutional and retail investors, with the remaining shares held by GrandVision's Management Board (0.47%) and in treasury (0.34%). HAL Optical Investments B.V. is indirectly controlled by HAL Holding N.V. All HAL Holding N.V. shares are held by HAL Trust. HAL Trust is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange.
GrandVision N.V. and its subsidiaries (together, referred to as ‘the Group’) comprise a number of optical retail chains operated under different retail banners. As of 31 December 2017, the Group, including its associates and joint ventures, operated 7,001 (2016: 6,516) optical retail stores (including franchise stores) in Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. At 31 December 2017 the number of average full-time equivalents within the Group (excluding associates and joint ventures) was 31,802 (2016: 28,766).