Shacks not holdin’ on to the past

SHACKS Holden is open for business in the East Rockingham Industrial Estate following the move from its Kwinana home of 30 years.

The addition of Shacks Holden to the estate alongside retail giants Retravision and Bunnings is a major coup for the development and signifies the strength of bulky goods retailing south of Perth.

The decision to shift the business into the industrial estate developed by LandCorp has allowed Shacks Holden to develop a site that can support the expansion of the business into the future.

Shacks Holden managing director Doug Kerr said the company has considered a number of properties in Rockingham in the past, but couldn’t find anything large enough to cater for the business.

“We were previously located in Kwinana on Rockingham Road and that was a site that came with the business when we bought it in 1972,” Mr Kerr said.

“We looked in earnest at an alternative site in 1991 because the Rockingham area was expanding at such a high rate. But the areas where we could locate weren’t property defined and there were no super sites.”

In the initial stages of the development of the Rockingham Industrial Estate, Shacks Holden was offered the site that Bunnings now occupies.

Again, the site couldn’t provide the necessary space and access that Shacks Holden required.

The total size of the new site is 13,000sq m, which will meet the future requirements of the business. The original Rockingham Road site was less than half the size of the new site at just 6,000sq m.

“We’ve now gone to a 36-bay service department, which is huge in a metropolitan area,” Mr Kerr said.

“We’ve built a facility to look after demand in two years’ time. We’ve developed the facility to expand into it.”

LandCorp chief executive Ross Holt said expansion and employment opportunities were tangible examples of the economic and social benefits of LandCorp’s integrated approach to supplying quality industrial land.

“It’s all about working hand in hand with industry to ensure we have the right land in the right location to stimulate the economy and create local investment and jobs,” Mr Holt said.

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