Bunnings to open in late 2014

THE new $36 million Bunnings hardware store, planned for Gympie, will open its doors in late 2014.

Bunnings is reviewing the conditions of the development approval and will continue to work with Gympie Regional Council throughout this process.

The new warehouse will create more than 140 jobs for local residents.

The hardware chain will invest more than $36 million in the development, fit-out and stock for the new store on the more than four hectare Gympie site.

Bunnings Warehouse Gympie will have a total area of more than 14,000 square metres, including the main warehouse, indoor timber trade sales area, building materials and landscape supplies area and nursery, as well as a kid's playground and cafe along with parking for more than 300 cars.

Bunnings chief operating officer, Peter Davis, said the company was committed towards supporting local communities.

"Bunnings' investment in the Gympie area will provide great job opportunities for the local community, with over 140 new positions available in the Bunnings team, representing strong employment and on-the-job training opportunities for local residents and school leavers.

"In addition, the project is estimated to create over 300 jobs during the construction phase, signifying a direct investment in the local area.

"Bunnings is committed to working toward carbon neutral growth and long term footprint reduction and in keeping with this, the proposed Bunnings store will implement a number of energy and water saving design features," he said.

Bunnings Warehouse Gympie will be located at the corner of Bruce Hwy and Hall Rd, Glanmire.