DIY store Bunnings Warehouse has opened its newest store, located in Arch Hill. Following the opening, the chain has employed David Haydon as its new commercial director of Homebase.
The home improvement mega store has officially opened its latest Arch Hill store, costing an estimated $42.5 million in construction.
Contraction began in Early September of 2015, and has only just finished thanks to an argument with the locals who didn’t want the big box retailer built in their area.
The battle spanned almost three years and went to Environment Court mediation. The locals voice worries over noise and increase traffic around the area.
Despite protests, the Bunnings was built.
After negotiations took place, the building was started. Jacqui Coombes, Bunnings NZ general manager, expressed optimism about the relationship with residents.
"I can understand people have opinions but we need to take everyone's opinions into account. I think we ended up in a good place for all of us. We will end up with a beautiful looking store. It's been quite a long time — three years. But we had so much else going on,"
This includes a new Hamilton store expected mid June, and rapid expansion of its New Lynn store.
With the growth comes new employment of David Haydon as the Bunnings commercial director of Homebase. Homebase is a DIY retailer that works solely with its store in the UK.
Haydon will start his new position at the end of June, and expresses the importance of their new and upcoming strategies.
“Working together to create something special in what is the dynamic UK home improvement market will be a both a challenge, and a great deal of fun.”
Bunnings UK managing director, PJ Davies says 2017 will be an important year of growth for the company.
“As the pilot activity accelerates, it is still important that we remain focused on delivering a strong performance across Homebase and I’m delighted David has agreed to take up this important role with the business. He will be a great addition to the team.”
Last August, the chain pushed up annual New Zealand sales 10.5 percent to a record $899 million in the year to June.