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Shop honoured in world's top 100
The shop
Ms Howells bought the shop six years ago
A small food shop in the coastal town of Barmouth in Gwynedd has been named as one of the world's top 100 shops by a trade magazine.

The self-service store "Weigh Out" is the only shop in Wales to make the list compiled by Retail Week.

It was named alongside a host of prestigious stores, including Bloomingdales in New York and Selfridges in London.

The shop's owner, Linda Howells, 43, said she was "stunned and delighted".

We're just so stunned and delighted for being included
Liz Howells, shop owner

"Weigh Out", which employs three staff, sells a range of foods from dried groceries to loose sweets.

Liz Morrell, the features editor of Retail Week magazine described it as a "really unusual little store in a little seaside town in Wales".

"You fill your scoops with whatever takes your fancy, and leave with ambitious baking ideas that sadly, I rarely follow through," she added.

Clockwise:  Liberty, Selfridge's  in London, Bloomingdales New York and Louis Vuitton Paris
The list includes some of the world's most famous stores

Ms Howells worked at the shop for 10 years before she bought it six years ago when the previous owner retired.

'Just amazing'

She said: "The idea (of the shop) is you can just buy the amount that you want, so you don't have to buy big boxes or packets of something you only need a couple of ounces of.

Ms Howells said the shop's inclusion in the world's top 100 stores came as a surprise.

"It's just amazing," said Ms Howells. "We're just so stunned and delighted for being included."




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