Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings warehouse officially opened its doors in Chichester on Thursday, creating over 20 full and part-time jobs.
Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and garden lifestyle products in Australia and New Zealand, acquired Homebase for £340million in February, 2016, and plans to invest a further £500million building a new Bunnings warehouse business in the UK and Ireland over a five year plus timeframe.
Chichester complex manager Damon Kemp said: “All our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and have undertaken many hours of training to make sure we have the expertise to help customers with home or garden projects.”
The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase in Discovery Park, is over 80,000 square feet and offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and garden products from a wide range of global market-leading brands. Other services include everything from paint mixing to key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and in-store DIY workshops.
The Chichester store has created over 20 new roles in-store, taking the total number of team members to over 80.
Bunnings’ team members have already been busy ahead of the store opening, helping with projects in the Chichester area. These included donating bikes to Love Your Hospital, painting the building and cleaning a decking area for Aldwick Royal British Legion and raising flower beds for the Apuldram Centre.
To celebrate the opening, Sarah Ayton OBE, double Olympic gold-winning sailor, is joining a welcome breakfast for team members.
Sarah said: “I’ve had a great time opening my local Bunnings warehouse this morning and meeting the team members. I’m sure that the store will be a huge success.”
The store will host a weekend of events starting tomorrow, where customers can enjoy a range of family activities including a sausage sizzle, face-painting, balloon modelling and join Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol for a story time session.