On the site of the former Homebase on Launton Road, the new smaller format store is 36,700sq ft – which is approximately half the size of the largest Bunnings Warehouse store in Milton Keynes, which measures 90,000sq ft.
The branch is part of a pilot programme that promises customers ‘lowest prices everyday across a wide range of home improvement and garden products from global market-leading brands’. Customers will also be able to choose from thousands of additional products via the Special Orders desk.
Other services include paint mixing, key cutting, timber cutting and an in-store Hire Shop, providing tools for collection or home delivery.
The store will host a weekend of events on January 6 and January 7, where family activities will include the famous Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, face-painting, balloon modelling and a ‘meet and greet’ session with Paddington Bear.
Bunnings is a leading retailer of home improvement and garden products in Australia and New Zealand, which acquired Homebase for £340 million in February 2016. It plans to invest a further £500 million building a new Bunnings business in the UK and Ireland over a five-year plus timeframe.