New Albury Bunnings bringing more than just Timber and Hardware
Monday 20 November 2017
As any passer-by along the Riverina Highway in East Albury will see, the new $39 million Bunnings Warehouse has been a major construction project and is nearing the end of completion.
Providing more than 19,000 square metres of DIY, garden and hardware supplies, the location of the new site will provide a much larger footprint to the current location in Young Street, and will ultimately provide easy access to the growing population in Thurgoona-Wirlinga.
But what you may not know about this project is the positive impact that will be felt across the Albury economy. Andrew Marks, General Manager, estimates that 70 new jobs will be created following the store’s opening in early 2018. This is in addition to the estimated 230 jobs that have been generated during the building’s construction.
The new Albury Warehouse will complement a network of more than 350 Bunnings warehouse stores, smaller format stores, trade centres and frame/truss sites across Australia and New Zealand. Earnings for the company, owned by Westfarmers, increased by 2.6% for the 2017 financial year totalling $1.245 billion.
The new warehouse will include the transfer of the trade centre from Wodonga to Albury and will also offer timber sales, building materials and a landscape supplies yard, as well as an outdoor nursery, indoor play centre and café.
Additionally, energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting have been incorporated into the building design, and rainwater harvesting tanks will be used to irrigate the nursery and service the Warehouse’s amenities. A solar-boosted hot water system will also reduce energy consumption.
HTroon, the company responsible for the warehouse’s construction, is confident the build will be completed on time and Albury residents and businesses can look forward to grand opening celebrations in early 2018.