New Bunnings store represents 'over $2m in wages a year'
IT MAY have taken more than 18,000 man hours of work to get to this point, but the hard yakka was worth it as Kingaroy Bunnings Warehouse held its official opening this morning.
Renowned Australian cricketer and South Burnett local Holly Ferling and Bunnings director of corporate affairs and business development Clive Duncan joined Kingaroy Bunnings complex manager Chris Carter and his team as they celebrated the official opening of the new Bunnings Warehouse.
"How exciting is it to finally have our store here in Kingaroy open?" Mr Carter asked the crowd at the official opening.
"We've employed 59 local team members and every single one of them has done an outstanding job here so far.
"We've put in over 18,000 man hours into getting this store up and going. I'm extremely proud of all of you and your hard work.
"To see all your smiling faces as you've been greeting and working with customers the last few days has just been really heartwarming for me."
Mr Duncan then addressed the crowd and said he was exceptionally proud of Mr Carter and the Kingaroy team.
"I'm very pleased and proud to be a part of the Kingaroy Bunnings official opening," he said.
"This is the 47th warehouse in Queensland, and the 268th warehouse across Australia.
"The Kingaroy Bunnings store houses the largest and widest range of home improvements and garden products you could find anywhere in any of our stores. This is in direct response to the needs of the South Burnett community."
Mr Duncan said the Kingaroy Bunnings team was still growing and had been drawn entirely from the local community.
"This new Bunnings Warehouse represents over $2 million in wages for one year, all going to South Burnett locals," he said.
Overall, Bunnings has invested more than $17 million into developing the new store, which spans more than 7500sq m.
The complex offers the community access to a wide range of home improvement and outdoor living products.
It has more than 200 car spaces and features a timber yard, tool shop and kitchen and bathroom displays, as well as an outdoor nursery.
"The grand opening on this coming weekend is going to be so much fun as well," Mr Carter said.
"We're really hoping as many South Burnett locals turn up as possible. We want to share this with the whole community.
"We will have jumping castles, fireworks, a petting zoo, and more.
"Based on our first few days of opening, we will have a great turnout and a lot of fun all around."
Mr Carter said his team members were also excited to lend a helping hand in the community.
"Our team members have supported a number of community groups already, including lending a hand to the Kingaroy Red Ants to support their new kitchenette installation, as well as hosting an employment and training workshop at the Kingaroy Clontarf Academy," Mr Carter said.
"The team also helped to renovate the clubhouse of a nearby Country Women's Association branch, which included replanting garden beds, replacing roller blinds and repainting their stairs, deck and ramp areas."
Representatives from these community groups were also at the official opening to help celebrate.
"Bunnings is always on the lookout for opportunities to contribute to local causes and we look forward to providing assistance to more local community groups in the future," Mr Carter said.
"Our team has worked extremely hard to prepare the store for opening and they can't wait to share their extensive DIY knowledge with customers who are undertaking home improvement projects."
Bunnings Warehouse Kingaroy will provide ongoing support to local community groups to raise funds for a variety of causes by hosting the famous Bunnings sausage sizzles.
The grand opening of the new Kingaroy Bunnings Warehouse is on this weekend, starting on Friday, June 7 at 5pm.
You can check out the program here.