BUNNINGS plans to open 15 new warehouses and 3 additional stores in New South Wales over the next three years, with the NSW Government aiming to ensure that the applications for the proposed sites are assessed efficiently and on their merits.
The expansion comprises:
- Three new stores are under construction now at Seven Hills (scheduled to open in October 2010), Port Stephens (December 2010) and Chatswood (February 2011);
- Sites have been identified for 12 new stores (subject to relevant approvals), at Alexandria, Balgowlah, Batemans Bay, Castle Hill, West Gosford, Greenacre, Rouse Hill, Tamworth, Marsden Park, Wallsend, Smithfield, and East Gardens; and
- Three further sites have been identified: an existing Lithgow business has been secured and plans for trade centres at St Peters and Cromer are underway.
Depending on factors such as size and investment value, development applications for the new sites will be assessed by local councils or Joint Regional Planning Panels, providing a professional, depoliticised decision making process.
Premier Ms Kristina Keneally today made the announcement with Bunnings Managing Director, John Gillam, at the site of the future Alexandria Bunnings Warehouse, approved in July this year.
The nearly 20,000 square metre warehouse will be located on a 2.6 hectare site on Euston Road, Alexandria, and will be the largest home improvement and outdoor living store in Australia once completed in mid-2012.
Ms Keneally said the expansion plans would be welcomed in NSW and was "a major vote of confidence in the NSW planning system, the NSW employment market and the NSW economy." Ms Keneally added that "at least five of these sites will be located outside of the greater Sydney area, providing employment and economic stimulus to regional and rural economies."