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Two Ennis boutiques in Ireland’s Top 30 stores

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ENNIS is living up to its reputation as the boutique capital of Ireland thanks to two neighbouring O’Connell Street clothes shops.
Willow has for the fourth time been named as one of the Retail Excellence Ireland Top 30 stores and boutique owner Jean McCabe told The Clare Echo she is delighted to be part of the competition.
“Retail Excellence Ireland is the largest body representing the Irish retail industry and they’re a fantastic organisation that really help retail from small to big across the country.
“It’s a privilege to be part of organisations like that because it really helps the retail industry which is slightly struggling at the moment,” she added.
Bambino’s, a children’s clothes shop located beside Willow (and The Clare Echo offices!), has also been named in the top 30 stores.

Willow at O Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare.

The Retail Excellence Ireland Awards recognise and encourage high standards, focusing on everything from visual merchandising to customer service and everything in between.
Jean commented that the competition benefits customers as it creates a more enjoyable environment for shoppers.
“People are only delighted to see someone investing in their business and taking the time and care to make it a really enjoyable shopping experience. Really at the end of the day it’s the customer that’s benefitting from this because they will see the difference in the stores,” she said.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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