THE Bunnings craze is about to hit the Whitsundays, with a new store expected to open at Cannonvale by the end of the year.
The $11.5 million store spans 5500sq m and will stock a wide range of hardware, garden and landscaping and home improvement products, along with specialised trade supplies.
Bunnings Property general manager Matthew Toohey said the company was pleased to be servicing the Airlie Beach community.
“Bunnings’ investment in Airlie Beach will provide great job opportunities for the local community, with approximately 50 positions available in the new Bunnings team, representing strong employment and on-the-job training opportunities for Airlie Beach residents,” Mr Toohey said.
“In addition, the construction of the new store will lead to approximately 75 job opportunities for tradespeople.
“Bunnings have appointed De Luca Corporation as the builder, with the planned opening of the store around Christmas this year. In line with Bunnings’ commitment to sustainability, the Airlie Beach Bunnings store will implement a number of energy and water-saving design features.”
Bunnings now has 35 trading stores in Queensland and 198 in Australia. It continues to open 10 to 14 stores each year.
The Cannonvale store is being built on a 1.6ha site on the corner of Shute Harbour Road and Pandanus Drive.
It will have enough parking for more than 110 cars.
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