Kent's first Bunnings Warehouse store opens

The fifth Bunnings Warehouse store opens its doors to customers today in Folkestone, Kent.

Bunnings Warehouse Folkestone
Bunnings Warehouse Folkestone

The new store at Park Farm Retail Park is Kent’s first Bunnings Warehouse and follows recent store openings in Milton Keynes, Hemel Hempstead and the first two in St Albans.

The new store is over 74,000 square feet and employs 95 team members, including 45 in newly-created full and part-time roles.

It stocks more than 28,000 different home improvement and garden products, including a mix of international and British brands.

British skeleton Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE will officially open the new store.

The store’s Complex Manager, Matt Cope, added: "It is great to finally open our doors to customers. Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and make sure we have the expertise to help with home or garden projects."

Two grand opening weekend events will also be taking place on 29/30 July and 5/6 August.

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand, operating from more than 350 sites and employing over 40,000 team members.

In February 2016 Bunnings acquired Homebase, the second largest home improvement and garden retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Bunnings Warehouse opened its first two stores in St. Albans (February/April 2017), its third in Hemel Hempstead (June 2017) and fourth in Milton Keynes (June 2017), with additional stores confirmed in Folkestone, Thanet (Broadstairs), Sittingbourne and Basildon (Vange).

As of June 2017, it also operates as Homebase, trading from 251 stores and employing over 12,000 team members in the UK and Ireland.

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