SHAWS DEPARTMENT store in Castlebar opened last week with a fanfare of frenzied activity with excited customers descending upon the store likes bees to honey.
A traditional town crier, drew the crowds, who were met with a plethora of brightly coloured clowns, balloons and face painters.
As workmen cleared away the last remaining building debris and swept the newly laid paths, men, women and children alike negotiated their way to Castlebar’s newest retail outlet. The traffic which thronged the approach roads was matched by the hustle on the streets.
The Irish owned store founded by the late Henry Shaw in the 1860’s has grown from humble beginnings from a modest drapery store in Mountmellick to an impressive chain of fourteen stores. The Castlebar branch is their fifteenth and first in Connacht.
The store itself is an architectural dream of space and soft lighting. The entrance is bright and welcoming and the easy layout is sure to cause a minimum of stress to potential shoppers. Men’s, ladies and children’s wear occupy the same floor space while the household ware section complements the existing quality and choice.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Ms Carmel McTigue, store manager of Shaws, looked forward to a bright and healthy retail future.
“The great thing about the store is that it is on one level, it’s easy to shop in with men’s, ladies and children’s wear along with the household department,” said Carmel.
Clowning around Grainne Donnelly, Castlebar had her face painted by Helen Quinn from Nique Entertainment at the opening of Shaws in Castlebar. Pic: Frank Dolan.