CARLOW PROVED it has the business know how when it came out tops in the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards.
Rathwood in Tullow and Louise Almond, a beautician at Sam McCauley Chemists in Carlow shopping centre, took home top awards at this year's ceremony in Galway on Saturday night.
Rathwood took the title of best store in the country over 10,000sq ft.
'I genuinely didn't think we had a hope of winning,' said owner James Kehoe. 'It was great to get it and great for the staff especially this time of the year when we are coming in to our busy season. 'I would like to thank our customers also without them we would be lost.'
Beautician Louise Almond from Milford took the Rising Star award. 'I still can't believe it,' she said on Monday morning. ' It is great for the shop and it was a team effort.'
Louise didn't have too much trouble trying to decide what to wear on the night as she was joined by her mother beauty consultant