‘Siz­zling’ DIY firm to bring 100 jobs

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Da­mon.wilkin­son@men­media.co.uk @Da­monWilkin­son6

RAIN sod­den Greater Manch­ester might not seem like the ob­vi­ous place for an Aussie firm famed for its char­ity bar­be­cues to set up shop.

But Bun­nings Ware­house, an Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion renowned for its ‘sausage siz­zles’, has an­nounced plans to open in Rochdale.

About 100 jobs will be cre­ated when the DIY chain launches its first store in the North West in Sand­brook Park later this year.

And bosses have vowed to carry on the bar­be­cue tra­di­tion, which sees prof­its go­ing to lo­cal good causes, de­spite our no­to­ri­ously wet weather.

It comes after the com­pany bought DIY chain Home­base last year in a £340m deal and launched a ma­jor ex­pan­sion pro­gramme. The firm is now re­cruit­ing for the roles.

Bun­nings re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager Josh Hyde said: “It is a great time to join the Bun­nings Ware­house team in Rochdale.

“There are roles avail­able across all ar­eas, with hours to suit.

“We want to build a high-qual­ity team so we can build strong busi­ness foun­da­tions for the fu­ture.”

The open­ing of the UK’s first Bun­nings store in St Al­bans, Hert­ford­shire, earlier this year made head­lines Down Un­der.

It was widely re­ported by the Aus­tralian me­dia, with News Corp ask­ing: “Do Poms love a sausage siz­zle?”

The Rochdale open­ing is a ma­jor boost for Sand­brook Park fol­low­ing the clo­sure of B&Q in early 2016.

About 75 jobs were lost when the store pulled out of Rochdale in a move de­scribed at the time by coun­cil leader Richard Far­nell as a ‘bit­ter blow’ for the town.

But in Novem­ber am­bi­tious pro­pos­als to trans­form the re­tail park were an­nounced with plans un­veiled for a Trav­elodge ho­tel, Costa Cof­fee, KFC, and a tram­po­line cen­tre.

Speak­ing when the plans were un­veiled Coun Far­nell said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing when B&Q an­nounced it was pulling out of Rochdale, along with sev­eral other towns and cities.

“How­ever, this is re­ally good news for Sand­brook Park and yet an­other re­tail and leisure boost for the bor­ough.

“The new Trav­elodge on the site is yet an­other in­di­ca­tor that our lo­cal econ­omy is grow­ing and go­ing from strength to strength.

“The new stores will also cre­ate scores of new jobs. We are ask­ing the de­vel­oper to also fund a di­rect bus ser­vice from the town cen­tre to Sand­brook.”

For de­tails on jobs at the Rochdale store and in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply, visit http://bun­nings.ca­reers.

●●Bun­nings Ware­house is open­ing a new store on Sand­brook Park later this year cre­at­ing 100 jobs

●●Bun­nings Ware­house is famed for its char­ity ‘sausage siz­zle’ bar­be­cues

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