Big box update
Tasmania to get another Bunnings
Bunnings will take over the soon-to-be-vacant K&D Warehouse site at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre
Bunnings will take over the soon-to-be-vacant K&D Warehouse site at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre
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Bunnings taking over former Masters sites and possibility for Bunnings to be in Panorama
HNN Sources
Bunnings will occupy a site in Devonport (TAS) that K&D Warehouse will vacate; Bunnings will also move into an ex-Masters site in Mount Gambier (SA) and is undergoing negotiations for another former Masters location in Gregory Hills (NSW). The prospect of a Bunnings store in Panorama (SA) has also attracted support from the local mayor.
Bunnings moving into Devonport

The Advocate reports that Bunnings will take over the soon-to-be-vacant K&D Warehouse site at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre in Tasmania.

After the announcement that K&D Warehouse will close, Bunnings general manager - property, Andrew Marks said it was approached to take over the land. He said:
Following K&D's decision to close their Devonport store, we were approached to consider a potential tenancy instead of undertaking our own development on adjoining land. We can confirm we have now entered into an agreement with the land owner.

Mr Marks confirmed Bunnings would lease the property where K&D stands, which will be expanded. He said:
The development represents an investment over $19 million and is expected to create over 80 employment opportunities for local residents.

The lease takeover date is unknown. Mr Marks said he would inform the Devonport community when a date was established.

Bunnings was strongly rumoured to open a store at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre for some time. Devonport Mayor Steve Martin said with K&D closing in March, the rumours became stronger recently and it was expected Bunnings would move in.
Bunnings takes over ex-Masters location

Bunnings in Mount Gambier (SA) will relocate its warehouse to the former Masters site, according to The Border Watch. It will be another anchor store for the Mount Gambier Marketplace located close to the region's residential growth corridor.

The Bunnings store will join Big W, Woolworths and smaller speciality stores at the Marketplace.

The big box retailer has yet to release when it will begin the development works at the site. Bunnings general manager - property Andrew Marks welcomed the looming relocation of the Jubilee Highway West Bunnings store to the new site. He said:
We can confirm a development application has been lodged and approved for the conversion of the Masters Mount Gambier site into a Bunnings Warehouse. Our intention for Mount Gambier is to relocate our existing store, including all current Bunnings team members.

But Mr Marks was unable to release a relocation date as planning was still under way.

Bunnings also intends to ensure its existing Jubilee Highway location is leased. The company spokesperson said:
Hopefully this will support bulky goods retailers entering the region and create new jobs in Mount Gambier. The new store will 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.

Mount Gambier Marketplace is owned by SCA Property Group. Operations general manager, Sid Sharma said:
This partnership with Bunnings ensures that the customers of Mount Gambier Marketplace will continue to have access to their groceries, home improvement, general merchandise, fashion and dining needs in one convenient location.
Bunnings Panorama back on the agenda

The possibility of a $42 million Bunnings store in Panorama (SA) is being discussed again after it received support from the local mayor.

Bunnings general manager - property, Andrew Marks said Bunnings is working with Mitcham Council to address concerns about designs for the former TAFE site, centred around landscaping, paving and a lack of trees. He told Adelaide Now:
Bunnings will continue to work collaboratively with the relevant authorities throughout the application process and is looking forward to bringing investment and jobs to Panorama.

However, the council's Development Assessment Panel rejected a second application to build a warehouse store on Goodwood Road, also calling for better fencing and a review of rubbish collection hours.

In August 2016, almost 100 residents turned up to a development panel meeting to protest the plans. Their main concerns centred around the belief that the building would be out of character for the area and create traffic problems.

The Say No to Bunnings Panorama resident group has also collected more than 2000 signatures against the development since October 2015.

However, Mitcham mayor Glenn Spear said he hoped the development would be now be approved as soon as possible. He believes the site is an "eyesore". He said:
If we say no to everything then we become a council known to be anti-development and anti-progressive. It's time for Mitcham to move out of this retrograde position.

Mr Spear said Bunnings had been "fabulously responsive to council and addressed most of our demands and it is council's opinion it should be approved".

Meanwhile, Panorama resident Neil Baron has lodged proceedings in the Environment, Resources and Development Court, to appeal the development panel's decision to reject the application.

Mr Baron said locals had been worried about traffic heading to the back of the site. He said:
We were very concerned with the rear access that we would have tradies and all these people short-cutting through the area. We discussed that with Bunnings and they decided to block it and we were happy with that. If someone else were to go there, there would be no certainty that would happen.

The big box retailer has had the site earmarked for a store since purchasing the former TAFE site in 2014. If the plans are approved, it said the store would create 340 construction jobs and 190 permanent roles.

Big box update: Bunnings could rethink Panorama store - HNN
Bunnings considers Gregory Hills site

Bunnings is looking at a location in Gregory Hills (NSW) vacated by Masters. Bunnings general manager - property, Andrew Marks, told the Wollondilly Advertiser the company is working with the owner of the site. In a statement, he said:
We can confirm that we have agreed conditional terms with the landlord at the former Masters Gregory Hills site. If the conditions are satisfied, there will be necessary conversion works that need to be undertaken to reformat the store ahead of Bunnings moving into the site.

Bunnings lodged an application with Camden Council on January 12 to "amend the layout and description of an approved development to facilitate [a] new operator of the premises".

Mr Marks said the new store would bring more than 100 new jobs to the region. He said:
Our intentions are to open a new store, employing approximately 120 team members.
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