The fourth, and largest, Bunnings Warehouse in the UK opened its doors to customers today (Thursday June 29) at Milton Keynes.
The new store is on the site of the former Homebase on Snowdon Drive at Winterhill in the Buckinghamshire town. It occupies over 90,000sq ft and employs 140 staff – including 88 in newly-created full and part-time roles.
The outlet stocks more than 35,000 home improvement and garden products with a mix of international and British brands, including Purdy’s paintbrushes (never before available to non-professionals) and Ryobi and DeWalt tools. Paint mixing services from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux are also available in-store.
To celebrate the opening, Australian racing driver Mark Webber hosted a welcome breakfast for staff. The nine-time Grand Prix winner said: “Bunnings Warehouse is a huge name in my native Australia, so it’s an honour to be opening their biggest UK store to date. I’m sure the store will be a great success.”
Two grand opening weekend events will run on June 8-9 and June 15-16, offering a raft of free family activities including face-painting, balloon modelling and story time sessions.
Bunnings is a leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand, operating more than 350 sites and employing over 40,000 staff.
The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500 million rolling out the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.
In February 2016 it acquired the home improvement and garden retailer Homebase.
Bunnings Warehouse opened its first two UK stores in St. Albans in February and April of this year and its third in Hemel Hempstead in June.
The next store to open will be in the Kent town of Folkestone in July. The Homebase stores in the Kent towns of Broadstairs and Sittingbourne, and the Essex town of Basildon will then be redeveloped.
As of this month, Bunnings also operates as Homebase, trading from 251 stores and employing over 12,000 staff in the UK and Ireland.