Indie store update
Total Tools submits DA in regional NSW
The proposed Total Tools store for Tamworth (NSW) is located very close to the existing Bunnings
The proposed Total Tools store for Tamworth (NSW) is located very close to the existing Bunnings
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Lang's new Caloundra store will support the continued growth of the region's building sector
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Total Tools looks to open hardware store in Tamworth (NSW) for local tradies and Lang's Building Supplies launches a $20 million store on the Sunshine Coast (QLD).
Trade store planned for Tamworth

Total Tools has submitted a development application (DA) to Tamworth Regional Council, for a $300,000 development in Taminda (NSW), on the corner of Lockheed and Jewry Street. The proposed site is located opposite Bunnings Tamworth on Lockheed Street.

If the Tamworth development is given the green light, it will be the company's furthest inland store in NSW. Total Tools project manager Mike Lazzaro said Tamworth "ticked all the boxes" in regards to demographics and population. He told the Northern Daily Leader:
Regional Australia is no different to the high-density areas, it creates a market for us.

Mr Lazzaro said Total Tools had no problem being located across the road from home-improvement giant Bunnings. He said:
In fact, we rather destination-type centres, it provides the focus for a lot of customers to come to us. It suits our footprint if you like. It's all about providing competition and being able to promote the brand.

If approved, Mr Lazzaro said the store would "be looking to open in December", with at least six staff working at any one time.

The development application indicates a Total Tools store can serve up to 100 customers a day, with an average of 55 customers a day.
Langs store opens in Caloundra

A $20 million drive-through trade store was unveiled recently on the Sunshine Coast (QLD). Langs Building Supplies has opened its second store in the state and is expected to inject an annual economic contribution of $193 million. Along with a trade store, it will provide the local community with a bulk building supplies and on-site manufacturing of roof trusses, wall frames and floor trusses.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson opened the store. He said:
It will support local building and construction industry as well as providing great employment opportunities for locals. It's the investment shown by companies such as Langs, along with the growth existing in our region, that helps to support positive business confidence ... Langs plan to double their existing staff numbers in the next 12-18 months, followed by an additional 50 jobs when the company starts on-site aluminium window frame manufacturing.

A decade of planning has culminated in the centre's opening, with the Caloundra-based store doing battle with southern rival Ipswich. But for Langs general manager David Wuiske, the move here was one full of confidence. He said:
We had two choices, a site at Ipswich and here, we did our research and thought there was a lot of growth potential here. From the coast we can easily service the north side of Brisbane and right up which made us very confident. The sheer scale of the place is exciting. Bob Lang hasn't built this business by halves.
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