It's all systems go at West St with the old buildings now demolished as the work to build a new Bunnings Mount Isa begins.
The site at 89 West St, next to the Alma St crossing, has been a hive of activity since construction work began a couple of weeks ago, with the new store opening its doors to local customers in early 2022.
Hutchinson Builders are developing the site in a project estimated to be worth over $20 million
Bunnings said the new store would create additional jobs for local residents, as well as jobs throughout construction.
The New Bunnings will span more than 5500 square metres, more than double the size of the existing store on Camooweal St and will provide customers with a much wider range of home and lifestyle products.
Features include the main retail area, a fully enclosed timber yard, an outdoor nursery and over 150 on site car parks for customers. It will also feature a new building materials landscape yard and a bagged goods area in the nursery, both features not seen at the existing Mount Isa store.
Bunnings Area Manager, Michael Rodwell, said the new store represents a significant direct investment in the local community and will provide local customers with a new and improved offer.
"Bunnings Mount Isa has been part of the local community for about twenty years so we're really excited we'll be able to give customers a fantastic offer with the widest range of products," Mr Rodwell said.
"The existing Bunnings Mount Isa team will transfer across to the new store once complete and will be joined by new team members, who will be recruited closer to store opening."
Council commenced discussions with Bunnings in 2009 for the purchase of the old council works depot and storage yard site and the company lodged a Development Application in May 2017 to construct a Bunnings Warehouse store on the site.
In 2019 Mount Isa City Council said the 89 West Street site was purchased for about $500,000 and had a development permit valid until 2022.
The original development application said the build would include a main warehouse, timber trade sales, a building materials and landscape yard, bagged good canopy, an outdoor nursery, main entrance and outdoor display areas.
As well as 172 car park with two entrances from West St and one from Alma St and the facility would operate from 6am to 9pm seven days a week.
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