Let the DIY wars begin
The country's two largest DIY discounters will soon be battling it out in central New Plymouth.
Bunnings has announced it will start work on converting the former Molesworth St Placemakers' site within days and a kilometre or two down the road work is well underway to reopening the former St Aubyn St Mitre 10.
Bunnings' New Zealand general manager Jacqui Coombes said the new central city store was expected to be trading before Christmas, to include a 1280m2 landscape yard and outdoor nursery and create 30 new jobs. ''The creation of these new jobs will not be the only positive impact on the community, Bunnings team members are encouraged to play an active part in their local communities by supporting local charities and community groups,'' she said.
The Mitre 10 store moved to its $11 million Waiwhakaiho Valley site in 2007, leaving its former site vacant. Plans to redevelop it were announced last year, but owner Stuart Jones would not say what retailers or tenants would occupy the site.
With Mitre 10's trademark orange and black paint now adorning the partly refurbished building it seems more than likely Mr Jones is opening a second New Plymouth shop.
''It's pretty obvious isn't it,'' Mr Jones said yesterday. ''We'll make a suitable announcement when it suits us.'' Both stores market themselves
as the best value DIY suppliers offering customers a further 15 per cent discount if they find any item at a cheaper price than they sell it.
Australian retailer Bunnings has 22 large format stores in New Zealand and 24 small format sites as well as several dedicated trade centres.
Its Bell Block premises on Corbett Rd will become a specialist trade centre.
Mitre 10 operates two types of stores - it's Mitre 10 Mega warehouses and smaller Mitre 10 outlets.
Placemakers has moved its retail side to its Egmont Rd trade warehouse.