By ERWIN CHLANDA
Bunnings has now confirmed the Alice Springs Online exclusive report last Thursday that the hardware giant is coming to town.
The firm is moving to buy a two hectare block at 218 North Stuart Highway (Lot 9186 – see map above).
The vendors are builder Phil Danby and businessman Steven Brouwer.
Mr Danby says they have signed a confidentiality agreement with Bunnings and cannot comment.
According to public documents, the buyers of the land are Bunnings Properties Pty Ltd of Rose Hill, NSW, and the National Australia Bank in Alice Springs is listed under “other parties”.
The land is zoned Light Industry and the most recent application listed on the title was in 2000 to construct two showrooms / sales warehouses for retail use.
In a media release today (Monday) Bunnings says the new warehouse, if approved, will create more than 110 jobs for local residents.
“Bunnings plans to invest more than $23 million in the new warehouse which will have a total store size of more than 12,000 square metres consisting of a main warehouse, kid’s playground, nursery, café, and parking for over 200 cars.”
Chief Operating Officer, Peter Davis, says Bunnings is committed towards supporting local communities and there will be “on-the-job training opportunities for local residents and school leavers.
“The project is estimated to create an additional 160 jobs during the construction phase.
“Bunnings is committed to working toward carbon neutral growth and long term footprint reduction [through] a number of energy and water saving design features,” says Mr Davis.