Two storeys of hard­ware

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CLARE­MONT’S former Bayview Cen­tre has be­come home to Western Aus­tralia’s first two-storey Bun­nings store.

The $13 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment, next door to Bun­nings’ former lo­ca­tion on Leura Av­enue, will open this Fri­day.

WA op­er­a­tions man­ager Shel­ley Be­g­ley said she was proud of the 5000sq m store.

“Clare­mont is the gate­way to the western sub­urbs,” she said.

“The old store was there for 20 years, but we al­ways wanted to a get a big­ger op­por­tu­nity for a wider range – we were ham­pered by size.”

Up to 70 staff from the pre­vi­ous store and 27 new staff will work at the ware­house.

Store man­ager Paul Mar­shall said Bun­nings tried to in­volve lo­cal busi­nesses with their open­ing week­end.

“They’re try­ing to make sure cus­tomers go through to Old Theatre Lane,” he said.

“For our open­ing events, we’ll have a ta­ble set up to bring peo­ple down the laneway.”

Long-time Bun­nings ad­min­is­tra­tor Fiona Ser­mon said she had worked at the orig­i­nal Clare­mont store for 22 years.

“The cus­tomers here are gor­geous – lots of peo­ple like to come in for a chat,” she said.

“We’ll have peo­ple com­ing in at 7am and lin­ing up out­side to get their pot­ting mix ev­ery week.”

Ms Ser­mon said the old store was “homely” but she looked for­ward to a “fresh new be­gin­ning”.

Ma­gi­cians, face-paint­ing, bal­loons, bands and cook­ing demon­stra­tions from WA food am­bas­sador and chef Don Hancey are planned for the store’s open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties on Novem­ber 6, 7 and 8.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d445704

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Shel­ley Be­g­ley and Clare­mont store man­ager Paul Mar­shall at the new dou­ble-storey Bun­nings.

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