NEARLY THERE: More than 250 Coast locals are getting ready to open the new Bunnings Store on Dalton Dr.
NEARLY THERE: More than 250 Coast locals are getting ready to open the new Bunnings Store on Dalton Dr. Erle Levey

New Bunnings ready to open

IT'S been a year in the making, but the new Bunnings Warehouse on Dalton Dr, Maroochydore, is finally set to open this month.

If you've shopped at Bunnings' current Maroochydore store, at the corner of Broadmeadows and Maroochydore Rds, recently this would not be news to you.

Regular announcements and friendly reminders at the checkout alert shoppers to the store's impending closure and the opening of its giant 15,000sq m warehouse on Dalton Dr, off Maroochy Boulevard.

More than 250 Sunshine Coast locals are now official team members at the new warehouse, including 50 people employed as new staff and 200 people transferring from the existing Maroochydore store.

When Bunnings' development application was approved in November last year, it was reported that 150 new jobs were expected to be created.

The Daily last week asked Bunnings why only 50 positions had so far been filled, but Bunnings did not respond.

However the 250-strong team was excited about the move, said Bunnings Warehouse Maroochydore complex manager Kevin Harris.

"The team is working extremely hard to prepare the store for opening and are excited to welcome local residents to the new store for the Grand Opening," he said.

He said a number of team members were qualified tradespeople, including carpenters, horticulturalists, interior designers, painters and plumbers, and would provide expert advice for their DIY projects.

The construction job was completed on schedule by Victorian builder H. Troon.

The new warehouse will offer the "widest range of home improvement and outdoor living products", including 25 kitchen and bathroom displays, a large nursery and cafe, Mr Harris said.

It represented a $48 million investment in the development, fit-out and stock.

Dalton Dr is fast taking shape as a new shopping hub, with Officeworks opening its new store ahead of Bunnings at the weekend.

Officeworks' former Maroochydore store at Plaza Pde is now closed.

Bunnings will be joined by rival hardware giant Masters, which purchased the former Queensland Health site directly opposite on Dalton Dr.

Bunnings invites the community to join celebrations on Friday, October 23, from 5pm to 9pm.

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