Bunnings and Masters target DIY fans

IPSWICH'S tradies and DIY handy people will soon have the cut-price hardware store juggernauts jostling for their affection.

But just how soon is still to be determined.

Dates are yet to be set for when rival chains Bunnings and Masters will unveil the new additions.

Masters opened a hardware store in Springfield earlier this month, matching the Bunnings Warehouse in Booval.

Masters spokesperson Clare Buchanan said the chain has two development applications lodged with the Ipswich City Council for locations in Bundamba and Yamanto, but gave no indication when the stores would open.

The Yamanto store will be a 13,574sq m site towards the corner of Hall St and Warwick Rd. The Bundamba store will cover 13,048sq m of floor space in the Citiswich Business Park off Hoepner Rd.

"Obviously the Ipswich area is growing significantly and has therefore been a priority area for us. We are pleased to be able to make long-term investments in the area and bring new jobs and competition," Ms Buchanan said.

"The Springfield store is trading very well indeed and we've been delighted with the response from customers, particularly in regard to prices."

Council and some State Government referral agencies are awaiting further details on both applications.

Masters' cut-price hardware rival Bunnings Warehouse's plans for a new two-level store on the corner of Brisbane St and Clay St are no closer to coming to fruition.

Plans for the store were announced in March but are still in the planning process, Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said.

"In addition to our Booval warehouse we also have acquired a site in West Ipswich, which is intended to include a Bunnings Warehouse. The development is still in the planning process," he said.

"Bunnings has a strong pipeline of Queensland stores and we continue to actively seek new sites as part of an ongoing network expansion strategy which has been in place for more than a decade."



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