The New Zealand boss said the Bunnings will spend $ 350 million on the country in the next five years, will announce their self-service checkouts, and will soon open its largest new store on the north-west end of Auckland.

Toby Lawrance, general manager of New Zealand, announced plans for the large warehouse-style DIY chain; He said two new stores were under construction, others were planned and renewed or improved, and customer experiences would soon change with pay-for-pay.

“Aspirations for us in the next two to three years are $175m of work but over five years, another $175m, making it around $350m and creating about 1200 new jobs,” Lawrance said.

“We’re building new stores at Westgate and Christchurch Airport and hope to start soon in Queenstown,” said Lawrance, whose head office shifted this month from Mt Wellington to Central Park, Ellerslie.

“Self-checkouts will be introduced soon for big stores like Manukau and Botany,” he said, telling of four initial counters in those stores. “People think it’s putting staff out of jobs. But it’s around efficiencies and team members can be redeployed, doing something else.

“All new stores will eventually be self-checkout to enhance the customer experience. Then, we would run a retrospective programme in existing stores.”

Lawrence, 21 North said the new Bunnings Westgate in Fred Auckland had been waiting in Auckland for a long time. With an estimated completion value of $ 65 million and $ 67 million, it will be NZ’s largest Bunning at 15,544 square meters. The construction is ongoing and the 745 square meter retail tenancy is also being built. So, there are 318 car parks on 16890 square meters when this is complete. There are more than 180 staff work.

New Zealand’s largest Bunnings now is Riccarton at 15,644 square meter, Lawrance said.


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