22/04/2009 - 15:34

Bunnings set to expand in WA

22/04/2009 - 15:34

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Bunnings Warehouse has outlined its growth plans for the state, with two new stores set to open this year and development approval being sought for another store in Forrestdale.

Bunnings set to expand in WA

Bunnings Warehouse has outlined its growth plans for the state, with two new stores set to open this year and development approval being sought for another store in Forrestdale.

The company is set to open the Malaga store in June and the Cockburn Central warehouse, flagged as Bunning's largest project in WA yet, will open in September.

Bunning chief operating officer Peter Davis said the new WA warehouses were part of larger plans to open between 10 to 15 new stores each year in Australia and New Zealand for the "foreseeable future".

"By the end of this year, this growth will generate around 2,000 new employment opportunities throughout Australian communities and the new WA Warehouses represent part of this commitment," said Mr Davis.

"The economy will benefit not only from the creation of jobs at these three Warehouses, representing over $6 million in annual wages, but also throughout the building phase."

In WA, the opening of the Malaga and Cockburn Central stores, together with the recently opened Port Kennedy warehouse, will create more than 300 jobs.

Mr Davis said Bunnings will be obtaining more sites in WA to expand the company's service offering.

 

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Bunnings continues to invest in the Western Australian economy, despite the tough economic environment. The opening of three new Bunnings Warehouses at Port Kennedy, Malaga and Cockburn Central will create over 300 jobs in these WA communities, a total investment of more than $60 million, demonstrating a clear commitment to delivering retail experiences to customers.

Bunnings Warehouse Port Kennedy opened its doors in December, with Malaga to open in June and Cockburn Central, the largest project in WA yet, set to open its doors in September.

The new Warehouses will not only create valuable local employment opportunities, but offers convenient access and exciting new shopping experiences for local residents, bringing these communities the widest range of home improvement and outdoor living products, at the lowest prices and backed up by the best service.

Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Peter Davis said he was is excited by the continual development of the store network.

"We will be opening between 10 to 15 new Bunnings Warehouses each year in Australia and New Zealand for the foreseeable future. By the end of this year, this growth will generate around 2,000 new employment opportunities throughout Australian communities and the new WA Warehouses represent part of this commitment," said Mr Davis.

"The economy will benefit not only from the creation of jobs at these three Warehouses, representing over $6 million in annual wages, but also throughout the building phase," he said.

"Bunnings continues to focus on providing the widest range of products at the lowest prices and backed with the best service. We will be obtaining more sites in WA to expand this service offering to more Western Australian communities. As well as the new Warehouses opening across the state, development approval is currently being sought for a new multi-million dollar Warehouse in Forrestdale," said Mr Davis.

Many Team Members employed are qualified tradespeople and experts in their field who have extensive industry knowledge, employed to offer professional advice and ideas, providing customers with a wide variety of information on D.I.Y. projects to undertake in and around the home.

The new teams will join all Bunnings Warehouses by contributing to their respective local communities through numerous fundraising and assistance programs and supporting local groups and charities with local fundraising sausage sizzles.

"Bunnings is always looking for opportunities to contribute to local causes and we look forward to helping more community groups in WA through our famous sausage sizzles, assisting local groups with garden makeovers and projects through our community involvement program," Mr Davis said.

As part of Bunnings' commitment to sustainability, rainwater harvesting systems are being installed at all new and existing warehouse stores across mainland Australia. Energy efficient lighting will also be fitted at the Port Kennedy, Malaga and Cockburn Central stores.

Bunnings will also assist local residents in reducing their impact on the environment, with a range of water wise products such as water tanks and grey water systems available in store. Bunnings also conducts recycling programs and D.I.Y. Energy and Water Saving Workshops for the local community.

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