Bunnings Mentone is open

An invitation to see a Bunnings store opening is to experience how the professionals launch a store. The local community groups were there along with team members, suppliers and other supporters. All of them came to see and hear about the biggest Bunnings warehouse in Victoria. Jacqui Cooper, widely regarded as the world’s greatest aerial skier, helped celebrate the official opening of the Mentone warehouse. Cooper formally opened proceedings together with complex manager, Andrew Bulman.

The new Bunnings Warehouse Mentone is almost twice the size of the 18 year old store it replaces. Bunnings managing director, John Gillam, says the development of the Mentone store is a terrific story. “Back in 1994, no one could foresee the success our business would achieve nor how we would out-grow our early stores,” he says. “This site allows us to almost double the size of the original store to bring an amazing and massive range of the best home improvement and outdoor living products and services to the wider Mentone community.” It also has parking for over 380.

Sustainable innovation

Bunnings Warehouse Mentone has enabled Bunnings to incorporate a number of the sustainable design aspects that exist throughout the company’s network. These sustainable initiatives assist in producing clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the local communities in which each store operates.

A specially designed 140,000-litre rainwater tank has been installed at Bunnings Warehouse Mentone, to be used for nursery and landscape irrigation, with grey water collected for use in the amenities. Another recycled water tank collects run-off from the evaporative cooling units. Landscaping swale drains and bio-retention filter beds have been implemented to capture car park surface stormwater run-off.

The store has energy efficient in-store fluorescent lighting throughout the warehouse and LED lighting has been fitted in the nursery, building materials and landscape yard and car parking areas. Skylights have been placed throughout the warehouse and canopy areas to provide maximum natural lighting. Bunnings Warehouse Mentone also features a solar boosted gas hot water unit which will further help to reduce energy consumption.

Sustainability products available at Bunnings Warehouse Mentone include water tanks, shower timers, solar hot water systems and energy efficient light globes. Also stocked are garden care products such as water crystals and garden mulch that reduce the need for watering. Bulman says that all of these initiatives will help the store achieve operations which are socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable for local Mentone residents. “It is great to see all our team members working together and appreciating the importance of sustainable schemes and their impact on the community. We are dedicated to offering environmentally aware guidance and support to all our customers, encouraging everyone to learn how even small steps can make a big difference,” he says.
Local opportunities

More than 250 residents are now official team members of the Bunnings Warehouse Mentone, with more than 95 positions filled and continued employment for the existing 150 team members.

A number of the new team members are qualified trades people including electricians, plumbers, horticulturalists, carpenters and builders, and will be on hand to provide local residents with expert advice for their DIY projects. Bunnings has been part of the Mentone community for more than 15 years and as part of the company’s time-honoured tradition, Bulman says it will also be helping local community groups. “Helen Paul Kindergarten, 1st Sandringham Scout Group and Herald St Playgroup have received a combination of products and team member assistance from us to help with their local community projects,” he explains. “We are always looking for opportunities to contribute to local causes and we look forward to providing assistance to more local community groups in the future.”

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