When the Times asked what would happen to the existing stores, Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said current staff would be relocated from the store beside Ocean Keys shopping centre to the premises two blocks east when that opens in mid-2014.
‘Bunnings Warehouse Clarkson will employ over 160 team members, with all current Mindarie store team members relocating to the new store,’ he said.
‘Additionally, over 330 jobs will be created through the construction process.
‘Development of Bunnings Warehouse Clarkson is currently on schedule and Bunnings expects the store to be completed and open for customers in mid-2014.’
Mr Davis said the $48 million development would cover more than 17,000sqm and have underground parking for more than 470 cars.
The Joondalup store is expected to open in early 2014. Mr Davis said it would cover 16,000sqm and provide parking for 410 cars.
‘Over 180 team members will be employed at Bunnings Warehouse Joondalup, offering strong employment and on-the-job training opportunities for local Joondalup residents,’ he said.
‘Additionally, over 350 construction jobs were created through the construction process.’
In response to questions about the future of stores in Edgewater and Clarkson, the company said both sites were owned by BWP (Bunnings Warehouse Property) Trust but it could not comment on what would happen to either.
‘The Yanchep and Alkimos area remains an area of interest and Bunnings would consider opening a store in the area if the right opportunity became available,’ Mr Davis said.