Maryborough Bunnings store manager Ben Hawkshaw is preparing for the influx as the store opens today.
Maryborough Bunnings store manager Ben Hawkshaw is preparing for the influx as the store opens today. Averyll Loft

Bring on the Bunnings rush

BEN HAWKSHAW shrugs his shoulders and says it has been a fairly hectic couple of weeks.

That could just be the understatement of the year, considering in that short time he has overseen the set up of Maryborough’s new $15.5 million Bunnings Warehouse.

“Normally set-up takes four to six weeks but this store has taken less than two,” store manager Mr Hawkshaw said.

“You could say it’s been fairly hectic throwing this much stock into the shop in that time.”

Because of the hard work of Mr Hawkshaw and his 58 staff, Bunnings will open its doors for its first day of trade today – four days ahead of schedule.

Bunnings is based in the old Sam’s Warehouse building on Ferry Street – and management has plans to expand to the building next door in the new year.

“We will have a smaller range until then,” Mr Hawkshaw said.

“But we will have the full paint range, tool shop, builders hardware and indoor timbers range on offer.”

Once expanded, Bunnings will then officially become Bunnings Warehouse and stock a huge range of lifestyle and leisure, gardening, lighting and storage goods.

The complete site will be more than 5000 square metres.

“Maryborough won’t know what hit it,” Mr Hawkshaw said.

Almost 60 jobs have been created by the new store. Twenty-six of those were offered to Sam’s Warehouse employees.

“I think all but one staff member did not transfer over,” Mr Hawkshaw said.

Bunnings property general manager Matthew Toohey said Bunnings was committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2015.

“And in line with this, the Bunnings Warehouse store will implement a number of energy and water-saving features,” he said.

Maryborough is the 30th city in Queensland to have a Bunnings Warehouse.



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