This year is set a historic one for Shaws Department Store as it marks 150 years of business at the heart of the Laois community.
The Shaw Group, a family owned Irish business founded in 1864, has grown from a small drapery store in Mountmellick, to a national chain of department stores.
Today, it comprises of 17 department stores in 16 locations, employing over 600 people.
But the company continues to be owned and controlled by the midlands-based Shaw family. The 4th generation of the family now run the business, which has its head office in Portlaoise and its central warehouse function in Carlow. Shaw’s original and first store in Mountmellick, remains trading to this day.
Speaking about the 150th anniversary, Jonathan Shaw, Managing Director of Shaws Department Stores said
“The challenge for us now in what is an ever more competitive retail environment, is to maintain and build on our company’s success over the last 150 years.
“We are constantly seeking ways to improve on what we do in order to satisfy the needs of our customers and bring the company to a new level. Our company is recognised for its customer service and the branded products we sell. We are delighted to be renowned as one of the leading Irish family owned retail groups,” he said.
Shaws Department Stores’ recent phase of expansion, in Portlaoise and Longford, is part of on-going reinvestment by the company that has seen a number of new openings alongside extensive refurbishment of existing stores in recent years.
Shaws look forward to further growing their business and catering for new customers with the top brands that the Shaws name has become synonymous with in their cosmetics, womenswear, wenswear, lingerie, footwear, accessories, sports, homewares and childrenswear departments.