Bunnings reveals future of Yaamba Road warehouse
IN A 'master stroke' move, Bunnings Australia have confirmed they are relocating their Rockhampton warehouse store to the former Masters Home Improvement site.
The Morning Bulletin can exclusively reveal Bunnings have received development approval from Rockhampton Regional Council for the Masters Rockhampton site to make necessary conversions to a Bunnings Warehouse.
Bunnings General Manager, Property Andrew Marks yesterday confirmed the relocation plans were under way.
"Following the reformatting works, our intention is to relocate our existing Rockhampton warehouse, including all current Bunnings team members," Mr Marks said.
"We will advise the Rockhampton community of more information about our relocation once timing is more certain.
"We do note that the Home Consortium agreement with Woolworths Limited is subject to the consent of Lowe's Companies, Inc."
The large Masters Rockhampton site, which is located just up the road from the current Bunnings store, has been vacant since the national home hardware franchise closed across the country late last year.
Upon moving to the site, Bunnings will gain neighbours in bordering stores Freddy's Fishing and Outdoors, Petstock and Autobarn.
As for their current location, Mr Marks revealed plans were under way to re-purpose the building with the potential for job creation.
"We also intend to ensure our existing location is re-purposed, which will hopefully support bulky goods retailers entering the region and creating new jobs in Rockhampton," he said.
Mr Marks also assured customers one long standing Bunnings tradition would not change despite the re-location.
"The new store would continue to actively contribute to and participate in the local community, through hands-on support of local community groups and hosting the famous Bunnings Sausage Sizzles," Mr Marks said.