Sunshine Coast Daily

Bunnings set for new store in Springfield

RETAIL giant Bunnings will start construction on a new store in Springfield in the coming months after Ipswich City Council approved their application earlier this week.

The application for a Bunnings Hardware Warehouse and Garden Centre megastore at Springfield's Orion shopping centre had been with the council since last year.

Planning and Development Committee chairperson Paul Tully said the nation-wide hardware chain would include a cafe in their whopping warehouse.

“The three hectare site bounded by Main Street in the north and Sinnathamby Boulevard to the west will have a total 11,727 square metres of floor space and provision for 235 car parking spaces,” Cr Tully said.

“The building will front a future extension of Southern Cross Circuit to the east which will be joined by a new road to Sinnathamby Boulevard to the south.”

Cr Tully said council looked forward to welcoming Bunnings to Springfield Central.

“The new store will become the second Bunnings to be located within Ipswich and will create further employment opportunities for local residents.”

Currently there is only one Bunnings Warehouse, in Booval, which services the Ipswich region.

The retail chain is part of the Wesfarmers Group, one of Australia's largest listed companies, and reached $5.3 billion in sales for the 2007-2008 financial year and currently employs more than 26,000 staff.

There are currently 175 Bunnings warehouses Australia wide, with a further 22 trade centres and 56 smaller format stores.

Along with the Springfield site, Bunnings announced it would open another nine new stores Australia wide.

It is currently unknown when construction on the warehouse will start and how many people would be employed at the site.

Bunnings were contacted for comment but were unable to respond before going to press.



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