Anne Gibson

Property editor of the NZ Herald

Huge store part of Bunnings' Auckland expansion push

Photo / NZPA
Photo / NZPA

DIY hardware chain Bunnings plans to build one of its largest New Zealand stores in West Auckland.

A vast new shop covering more than a hectare is planned at New Lynn where Bunnings sees big potential from the growing home improvement, building, garden and renovation market.

Jacqui Coombes, general manager of the business in New Zealand, said Bunnings had resource consent to develop the 12,700sq m store on the corner of Great North Rd and Titirangi Rd on a 2.2ha site it owns.

About 300 undercover carparks in a multi-level development, garden centre, DIY retail and trade sales areas are planned.

Bunnings has earmarked Auckland for big expansion and Coombes said the business was well established in Botany, Manukau, Mt Roskill, Mt Wellington, Glenfield and building at Silverdale and Takanini.

Preparation was being made to start building at New Lynn, she said.

Rival Mitre 10 has opened new stores at Hornby and Rotorua and is also on a big expansion drive but has more of a national presence because it is longer-established.

- NZ Herald

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