New Bunnings store rises from Invermay

THE new Bunnings store at Invermay has taken shape, three months ahead of its anticipated opening this year.

All concrete wall panels for the 16,000-square-metre superstore have been erected and roofing has been completed.

Car park works are in progress.

Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said in January that all major works for the $47 million Lindsay Street development were expected to be completed by mid-year.

The new store is based eight kilometres from its Kings Meadows store and within two kilometres of competitor Becks Home Timber and Hardware which has stores in Boland Street and Dowling Street.

Bunnings has a neighbouring 9.13-hectare land parcel on the market through two commercial realtors Shepherd and Heap, and Colliers International.

There are also three parcels for smaller developments at the front of the Bunnings store: a 1462-square metre block, a 3021-square metre block, and a 2522-square metre block.

Launceston developer Errol Stewart had been interested in the 9.13-hectare site but walked away from negotiations when Bunnings lodged an objection with the Tasmanian Planning Commission to dispensate land on Lindsay Street to allow for his $20 million silos hotel development.

The objection means that a hearing must be held over the dispensation application.

The hearing will take place in Hobart on March 26.

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