Bunnings moves in

BUNNINGS will open its Sale store tomorrow.

Dahlsens sold its Sale, Warragul and Horsham stores to Bunnings in January, confirming rumours which had been circulating for months.

The Sale store will trade as Bunnings from tomorrow, with the store re-branded and trading as a smaller format store.

Bunnings managing director John Gillam said the purchases formed part of Bunnings’ continuing investment across Australia which had included opening seven new Bunnings Warehouses in Victoria since June last year.

“We see great potential in the regional Victoria home improvement and building markets and expanding our network into new areas is a key priority for us,” he said.

Mr Gilham said all current Dahlsens store employees would be offered employment with Bunnings.

It is understood that Bunnings representatives met with Dahlsens Sale staff, telling them they would keep their jobs, but under changed work conditions.

“Bunnings is excited to be able to bring a wider range of new products and services to Sale,” Mr Gillam said.

“Community groups will also benefit from the introduction of the well known Bunnings community sausage sizzles each weekend.”

The sale of Dalhsens Sale, Warragul and Horsham stores followed an announcement on November 30, 2012 when Dahlsens announced it would focus on trade business.

Sale Community Business Association was cautiously optimistic about the arrival of Bunnings in Sale, association president Mandy Garrand also congratulating Dahlsens on the major role it had played in the local business community for many years.

“We thank Dahlsens for many years of keeping local people employed both directly and indirectly and we now welcome Bunnings into our business community who we hope will continue that trend,” she said.