Fire’s far-reaching effect
NOW that the flames have been doused and Bunnings employees relocated to other stores, Inglewood businesses are nervous about the future.
For business owners in the area, Bunnings was more than just a location to pick up a sausage sizzle and DIY tools – it was a place that brought shoppers to the area.
People were drawn to Bunnings but also picked up their meat, bread, sports gear and knick-knacks from surrounding businesses.
Now these shoppers are likely to visit a nearby Bunnings store in Morley or Osborne Park, where they could find different local businesses to support.
We’re creatures of convenience these days.
If we can park in one area and tick off several chores at once, it’s a good day.
But these nervous grumblings for Inglewood business people are nothing new.
Two years ago, the IGA in Inglewood closed down, causing some retailers to fear the worst, but they’re surviving in a tough market. Now they face a similar uncertainty.
The Bunnings site on Beaufort Street is privately owned and it’s too early for the company or landowners to be clear on the land’s future.
One thing is for sure, it can’t be housing.
Inglewood needs a vibrant hub, like Bunnings, to draw people in from surrounding areas – people who will also pound the Beaufort Street pavement and spend money with local retailers.
Denise S. Cahill, Editor