The company’s second pilot store, located on Hatfield Road, measures 40,000sq feet and stocks more than 25,000 different home improvement and garden products. The store also features timber cutting, a garden centre, a new tool shop offering brands such as Ryobi and DeWalt, a ‘colour wall’ with over 3,000 colour tiles – as well as paint mixing from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux.
Over 50 new jobs have been created at Hatfield Road, in addition to 30 new positions at the first Bunnings Warehouse store which opened in February in the same town on the site of the former Homebase in Griffiths Way.
Bunnings is a leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand which acquired UK retailer Homebase for £340 million in February 2016.
The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500million rolling out the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.
England rugby union star Kyran Bracken also joined team members to celebrate the opening.
Bunnings Warehouse Hatfield Road Complex manager Emma Wimble said: “Our team members have worked really hard to prepare the store for opening and we are looking forward to helping customers and the community with their home and garden projects.”