Who We Are
Our HistoryFounded in 1864 by Henry Shaw, the company began as a small drapery shop in Mountmellick, Co. Laois. From these humble beginnings, under the guidance of Henry and his wife, Annie, the business slowly grew. By the turn of the century, the company comprised of 2 premises, and was well-placed for further growth.
From the early to mid-20th century, with the astute management of William Henry Shaw and Samuel Shaw respectively, the company expanded across the midlands. 3 more stores opened in Athy, Waterford and Carlow. A period of rapid expansion across the following decades gave birth to the popular slogan ‘Shaws Almost Nationwide’. The most recent store opened by Shaws was on Austin Friars Street, Mullingar, in 2016.
Presently, Shaws operates 15 stores in the main provincial towns of Ireland and employs almost 1000 people. We remain a family-run business, with many Shaw family members work in various positions throughout the company. As the company has grown, so too has the depth and range of the products we offer; expanding to now include Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, Schoolwear, Footwear, Beauty, Electrical Appliances, Jewellery, Home Solutions, Gifting and more.
Being a service-led business, our people have always been vital to our success, with many dedicating their entire careers to Shaws. This loyalty, and their dedication to our customers, is a key factor in our long-standing success. Such commitment to our customers was recognised in 2020 when we were awarded the ‘Best Brand in Retail Sector’ in the CXi Ireland Customer Experience report.