Bunnings has announced ambitious plans to double the number of store launches as it creates 1000 jobs in the UK.
The DIY retailer is boosting its store expansion drive following the success of its pilot stores in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. It has now raised the number of planned store launches from 10 to 20 by the end of 2017.
A £500 million investment drive from its Australian owner Wesfarmers follows the £340 million takeover of Homebase. This will see Homebase stores around the UK be completely stripped before being converted into Bunnings stores.
“Increasing the number of pilot stores to 20 will give us the opportunity to test the concept in new geographies, with different demographics, across a range of store sizes,” Bunnings’ managing director PJ Davis said.
“We are determined to combine the best of Bunnings Warehouse with what UK consumers want. The success of the pilots still remains a precursor to additional investment.”