Commercial development planned and executed by diversified, multinational public company BBC Hardware Limited will result in multi-million dollar expansion within the Perth metropolitan region.The project schedule marks a drive by the hardware giant to expand its business into WA’s hardware market. The expansion will complement the company’s 41 other stores it owns Australia-wide.BBC Hardware area manager Brent Connolly said the expansion plan was something the company had been working towards for some time. “We have already done this in nearly every other state in Australia,” he said.Some four years ago, the company developed a hardwarehouse complex at Whitford City, and more recently built a larger store at O’Connor which opened for business in January this year.The next project commenced recently with earthworks and a concrete slab being completed for a new $10 million complex at the Innaloo Shopping Centre.The new Innaloo BBC Hardwarehouse, which will cover 12,000 square metres, is expected to be opened later this year.The company is now in the planning stage of building a similar hardwarehouse complex at Morley.This will also cover 12,000 square metres and host a range of 45,0000 products. It will have between 200 and 300 parking bays.For this, BBC Hardware will be demolishing and rebuilding an existing building at 79 Russell Street adjoining the Galleria complex in Morley.The new Morley hardwarehouse will employ a staff of 80 who will be hired from the local area, and have an indoor-outdoor nursery, a customer drive through and a cafe.The existing Morley store will continue to trade during construction.Mr Connolly said the company was now seeking two other sites for similar hardwarehouse development in the eastern and southern corridors of the Perth metropolitan area.All the other proposed complex buildings will be of a similar size and structure covering about the same amount of floor space as at Innaloo and Morley.BBC Hardware is owned by Howard Smith Limited and comprises the following industrial supply companies — J Blackwood & Son Limited, Howard Smith Towage and Salvage, Howard Smith (UK) Limited, A. Goninan & Co. Limited, Alsafe, NZ Safety and Benchmark in New Zealand.
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