Opens its third store.  

Bunnings Warehouse has opened its third store in the UK and Ireland in Hemel Hempstead, Buckinghamshire. The new store, which measures over 64,000 square feet, is located on the site of the former Homebase at Apsley Mills Retail Park. The store employs 111 people – including 53 in newly created full and part-time roles.

The store’s complex manager, Darren Reid said, “Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and are looking forward to sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with customers in Hemel. We’re ready to welcome people to the new store.”

To celebrate the opening on Friday, Olympic gymnast champion and Hemel local Max Whitlock MBE hosted a welcome breakfast for team members.

He said, “It’s great that Bunnings has chosen Hemel Hempstead as the location for its third store in the UK. Hemel is where it all began for me so I am delighted to be back opening the store. I’m sure it will be a huge success.”

The new store will also be hosting two grand opening weekend events with a raft of free family activities. Customers can enjoy face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session.

Wesfarmers plans to invest up to £500 million (A$845 million) rolling out Bunnings Warehouse stores across the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.