Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors to its ninth store today (Wednesday October 25).
The new branch is in Weston-super-Mare, on the site of the former Homebase at Queensway Centre on Bristol Road in Worle.
Measuring 76,000sq ft, it offers more than 30,000 home improvement and garden products. Services include paint mixing, key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and DIY workshops.
To celebrate the opening, TV and radio presenter and retired tennis professional Andrew Castle joined a welcome breakfast for the 20-strong staff. Andrew said: “I’ve had a great morning opening the new store and celebrating with the Bunnings’ team. Like tennis, it takes passion and dedication to become successful, and it’s clear that everyone here is committed to making this store a hit.”
The outlet will host two weekends of events on October 28-29 and November 4-5 where customers can enjoy a range of family activities including the famous Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, face-painting, balloon modelling – and even join Peppa Pig & George for a story-time session.
Bunnings’ staff have already been busy ahead of today’s store opening, helping with projects in the Worle area. These include building new benches for students at Mendip Green Primary School and lending a hand at Weston Hospice Care, painting the reception area and making the walkway wheelchair accessible.
Western-super-Mare joins eight other Bunnings Warehouse stores in the UK: two in St. Albans, and one each in Basildon, Sittingbourne, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Folkestone and Broadstairs.
The Basildon store, which is on the site of the former Homebase on London Road in Vange, opened on October 10.
Bunnings is a leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. Operating from a network of large warehouse stores, smaller format stores, trade centres and frame and truss sites, it caters for consumer and commercial customers.
Last February Bunnings acquired DIY chain Homebase for £340 million– and plans to invest a further £500 million in building the Bunnings Warehouse business in the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.