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Bunnings Jolimont construction approved

State planners have approved construction of what is predicted to be ‘one of the best Bunnings stores in Australia’ in Jolimont, despite backlash from a nearby retirement home.

Residents at St Ives Centro next door to the site, said planners had made no allowance for the elderly yet “active” people living at the retirement home, according to Perth Now.

After four hours of intense deliberation last week, Metro Inner North JDAP members, including Subiaco Councillors Matt Davis and Rick Powell unanimously agreed that owner Bunnings Properties Pty Ltd could build a $28 million four-storey building. The store is set to feature two basement levels of parking, a bulky goods showroom on the first floor and ground floor, along with a cafe or restaurant and shop.

“This might end up being one of the best Bunnings stores in Australia … there are no reasons why we shouldn’t approve this,” third specialist member John Syme said.

However, residents at the neighbouring St Ives Centro retirement home, aired their concerns at the meeting, including St Ives Centro resident Michael De Leo who said it would bring an “inevitable considerable increase in traffic and consequently pedestrian safety”.

Mr De Leo said Bunnings warehouses belonged in commercial areas, not in an area with “mainly residential with a mix of small and low activity businesses”.

“Bunnings should remain in their long-standing present location on Salvado Road. A massive Bunnings warehouse and a retirement village and other nearby residential housing are definitely not compatible neighbours,” he told Perth Now.

St Ives Centro resident John Carroll said planners had made no allowance for the elderly yet “active” people living at the retirement home.

“They need to get to dog parks, gyms, bus stops, friends, and shops sometimes aided by poles, walking frames, or gophers. I would ask the panel to defer their decision until an independent and current traffic assessment is done, including an examination of the impact on pedestrians and the safety of vulnerable people in the locality,” Mr Carroll said.

However, City of Subiaco Acting Manager of Planning Services Anthony Denholm told panel members traffic had been “duly considered” and the road network was capable of supporting any additional traffic as a result of the development, according to Perth Now.

Element Director Matt Raymond said there would be no vehicle access from the rear laneway at the Jolimont site, which would help “avoid” potential impacts on St Ives residents.

Artist impression of Bunnings Warehouse (616 Hay Street in Jolimont)

“There is no proposed access to Bunnings on Tighe Street to minimise any potential impact on that residential street. The existing rear laneway will be gated to prevent potential ‘rat-runs’ between Tighe Street and Bishop Street, but St Ives residents will continue to have access through these gates to their garages,” Mr Raymond said.

The new store is expected to provide an extensive range of home and lifestyle products, along with a full cafe, playground and expansive nursery.

Bunnings Properties Pty Ltd submitted amended plans to the City of Subiaco on June 11 after lodging its original plans in August 2020 but since then the hardware giant has made changes to its design to “better fit” with local surrounds and improve the streetscape.

National prize for Margaret River Mitre 10 customer

Margaret River Mitre 10

Winner: Ben Lawrie (second left) with the Margaret River Mitre 10 team and his prize – a brand new, fully stocked trailer. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre. Image source: www.margaretrivermail.com.au

A Margaret River Mitre 10 customer won a major prize in a national competition aimed specifically at tradespeople shopping at Mitre 10 hardware stores nationally.

The national competition was run throughout Mitre 10 Trade Centres offering participants the chance to win the grand prize of a new Mazda BT-50 vehicle, or one of 21 trailers filled with Makita, Passlode and Sutton tools, according to the Margaret River Mail.

Ben Lawrie of Caves Road Constructions won one of the fully stocked trailers, after submitting entries for every $500 he spent at the store, through his business.

“We are a small boutique construction company based out of Cowaramup and we work from Busselton, Yallingup and down to Augusta. We are building mainly architectural residential stuff, and some commercial.”

“The trailer is going to be really helpful… we might have to offload some of it to the apprentices. There’s a bit of jealousy going on. I think they are already eyeing off some of it,” Mr Lawrie said.

Margaret River Mitre 10 Store Manager, Paul Brown, said the team was excited to hear that a well-known, loyal customer had taken out the prize.

“It is great news for Ben and for the store, we are all very happy to have someone from this part of the world claim one of these fantastic prizes,” Mr Brown told the Margaret River Mail.

spoga+gafa 2022: Exhibitors extend their spaces

spoga+gafaWith a little less than ten months before the start of spoga+gafa 2022, organisers say it has become quite apparent just how significant the largest garden lifestyle trade fair is for the garden industry.

Following a successful early-bird booking period – with bookings from fifty countries and every continent, plus some considerable increases to exhibition spaces booked – the list of confirmed international exhibitors has sent out a powerful message for the re-start of the trade fair.

Looking ahead to the coming year there will be plenty that is new at spofa+gafa in order to meet requests from the industries involved, including adapting the trade fair cycle to new ordering patterns in the retail sector. This year the trade fair will also take place in June for the first time, after having been held in September for decades.

“The requests from customers across all trade fair segments, but particularly furniture, barbecue and decor, to extend their exhibition spaces – in some cases considerably, show that the new event date has gone down very well,” spoga+gafa Director, Stefan Lohrberg said.

As spoga+gafa will no longer be held in co-location with spoga horse, which will move to February from 2022, it has been possible to accommodate the increasing need for exhibition space, according to organisers. All halls that are now free to be used by spofa+gafa exhibitors in the garden furniture segment, also allow them to benefit from a further enhanced visitor flow in the south section of the trade fair grounds.

Routes between the established furniture hall, 10.2 (garden unique) and the two new furniture halls (11.1 and 11.2) will also now be shorter and more direct, better enabling visitors to meet their suppliers.

When the supply and demand sides of the garden lifestyle industry come together again at the Cologne trade fair grounds in June 2022, spoga+gafa’s key theme – which has been carried over into the coming year – will once again be ‘Sustainable Gardens’.

“The pandemic in particular is proving that the needs and demands of global end customers are changing more rapidly than expected. spoga+gafa is addressing these challenges and, together with its exhibitors and visitors, is developing responses and solutions to the major issues facing the gardening industry in future. One of the platforms for this within the event programme will be the lecture programme, ‘Logistics 2.2 – Nontainer or Container?’”, Mr Lohrberg said.

In 2022, the physical trade fair in the Cologne exhibition halls will for the first time be complemented by a digital event, spofa+gafa @home, which will run in parallel with the event. The new digital event platform will provide exhibitors and visitors with additional benefits: online and offline trade fair days that are targeted and perfectly planned in advance, additional business worldwide, and targeted networking – both during spoga+gafa and in the digital follow-up to the trade fair.

spoga+gafa 2022 will take place from June 19 to 21, 2022. For information about confirmed exhibitors and more, visit www.spogagafa.com

Adelaide Tools to become Tool Kit Depot

Bunnings Adelaide Tools - Tool Kit Depot TKD Bunnings today announced Adelaide Tools will become Tool Kit Depot, positioning the professional tools business for expansion into Western Australia starting next month.

The first Tool Kit Depot store will open in Belmont Perth in October with a further three stores expected to open this calendar year in the Perth and Peel regions. Bunnings also plans to rollout additional stores across Australia and New Zealand over time.

The Tool Kit Depot name was chosen as it creates instant familiarity for trade customers, positioning the store as a destination for their needs, according to Bunnings, while a new logo, featuring a dog, conveys the qualities of partnership, loyalty and trust the business aspires to.

Bunnings Managing Director, Mike Schneider, said the Bunnings team was really excited about its plans for the future of the business under the new name, Tool Kit Depot.

“Earlier this year we opened a new Adelaide Tools store in Parafield where we trialled new concepts and the response from customers was incredibly positive. It has given us confidence in the evolution of the format that we need to take the business into Western Australia and beyond,” Mr Schneider said.

“Our first four stores will launch before Christmas in Western Australia creating over 150 team member roles, and we are really proud to be creating opportunities for locals to join our really experienced team. These stores will build on the success of Adelaide Tools in South Australia and the full-service offer and genuine expert advice the team are renowned for,” he said.

Bunnings acquired Adelaide Tools in 2020, as part of its strategy to deepen its relationships with trade customers. The retailer sells a range of professional power tools, power gardening and heavy machinery, along with a tool servicing offer – all backed by expert knowledge across its product range including welding, construction and carpentry.

Mayo Hardware acquires Bug Zapper company

Mayo HardwareMayo Hardware recently announced the acquisition of The Kelly Company’s Bug Zapper and Repeller Business, as of September 1, 2021. The acquisition includes The Kelly Company’s well known electronic insect control brands Yard Guard, Stinger, SectaRid and SonicGuard.

Mayo Hardware, Executive Chair, Sarah Mayo said the acquisition supports Mayo Hardware’s growth strategy, while further strengthening its position as Australia’s leading supplier of specialist insect control solutions.

“The Yard Guard, Stinger, SectaRid and SonicGuard brands complement our existing brand portfolio, which include Gecko Zappers, and Thermacell and Waxworks area repellents,” she said.

“With our technical and regulatory expertise in the category, coupled with a more extensive product range across both consumer and commercial applications; Mayo is well positioned to continue to enhance the offering for both consumers and our customers. A smooth transition is anticipated, with minimal disruption to supply.”

“As a supplier of value, Mayo Hardware is committed to providing retailers and consumers with quality products, innovation, and leading brands,” Ms Mayo said.

About Mayo Hardware:
Mayo Hardware, an Australian third-generation family-owned company, founded in 1928. A leading supplier of outdoor lifestyle, hardware, portable security, safety lockout and personal protective equipment across Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the United Kingdom.

About The Kelly Company:
The Kelly Company, an Australian family-owned business who pioneered Australian electronic insect control in 1983. Their focus has always been bug zapper safety and breadth of range. They have worked diligently to improve existing products through research and design. The products work effectively and provide value for money. The range is sold across DIY, independent retail, and commercial.

NZ Building supply shortages

New Zealand building suppliers are already beginning to run out of stock as the effect of Auckland’s Level Four lockdown begins to bite in the rest of the country, according to a recent Stuff.co.nz report.

Owned by Fletcher Building, Insulation supplier Tasman Insulation, told clients that its Christchurch warehouse was out of Pink Batts and it was unable to get any more from Auckland where the factory had been unable to operate.

“At this point we envisage we will not be able to supply our product anywhere in New Zealand or take orders until Auckland’s restrictions reduce to level three,” Tasman Insulation recently reported to its clients.

While the company had continued to try and seek government approval to resume manufacturing or distribution, “at this stage we have low confidence we will be able to achieve this” Tasman Insulation said in the report.

The situation meant there was only “extremely limited stock” in Auckland as well, according to a Fletcher Building spokesperson.

The Building Industry Federation (BIF) recently expressed alarm that the Government will not give building suppliers an exemption to transport goods out of Auckland. BIF claims around 90 per cent of building suppliers are imported or made in Auckland and that building sites around the rest of the country could run out in days, according to the report.

ITM, a co-operative of 96 hardware stores, also reported that it was having to tell customers it had limited supply of some products until Auckland emerged into Level Three.

ITM Chief Executive Darrin Hughes said while ITM stores were reasonably well stocked leading into the lockdown, those stocks will quickly be consumed if they cannot get replacement product out.

The choice facing the Government was simple, Mr Hughes said in the report.

“Either we allow Auckland based building materials manufacturers and importers to operate in a controlled and safe manner under Level Four to support construction in the rest of New Zealand, or we accept that our building sites will grind to a halt in the coming days,” he said.

It would cause “further financial hardship to builders and halting the provision of much needed housing, including the Government’s own Kainga Ora projects”.

Supplier of high-end hardware products, Invercargill’s Windsor Architectural Hardware, recently reported that it had cleared a big backload of orders after lockdown, but expected demand could ramp up again next week as its competitors in Auckland remained unavailable.

“Obviously builders under Level Three everywhere, bar Auckland, are back in business so they can source our products from various outlets around New Zealand,” Executive Sales Director Murray Brown said.

However, anyone in Auckland wanting to get hold of Windsor’s products required the appropriate documentation.

The biggest driver of shortages stemmed from the global difficulties importing goods into the country, Mr Brown said.

“The Government’s got to have a serious look at it. If most of your materials are coming from Auckland, in effect the rest of the country is stymied.”

The shipping problems had led to huge “hyperinflation” and Fox said he had never seen anything like in his 40 years of construction. “It’s virtually in freefall,” he said.

He said one supplier estimated the number of price increases had gone up 156 per cent on the same time last year.

It was difficult to tell whether the price increases were opportunism or necessity for suppliers, he said.

The only long-term result he could foresee was that consumers would have to accept projects were going to take longer and probably be more expensive.

 

Barrie Coltman passes away

Barrie Coltman

Barrie Coltman

The Ballarat community is celebrating the life of highly regarded businessman hardware retailer, Barrie Coltman.

Mr Coltman was well-known from his four decades leading WF Coltman Pty Ltd – better known as Coltman Mitre 10, and for his commitment to the local community, according to a recent report by The Courier.

He passed peacefully, aged 88 on September 3 and is survived by his four children Craig, Steven, Lisa and Tania, their partners, his grandchildren and great grandsons.

Son, Steven Coltman, said in the report, that thousands of people had worked for his father and Ballarat families had connected with him for a long time.

“He will be remembered as a fantastic businessman, employer, family man and friend. You will not find many people who would speak an ill word of my father and that was an absolutely amazing credit to him. He managed to bring the best out of everyone.”

W.F. Coltman Pty Ltd was founded in 1982 by his grandfather William F. Coltman.

The store has become a Ballarat icon with its mysterious trademark ‘WtoW’, which remains a tightly held family secret. Son Steven said many customers had tried to guess the meaning of ‘WtoW’, yet no one had got it correct.

The business joined the Mitre 10 group during Mr Coltman’s time and expanded to include branches in Ballarat, Sebastopol, Bacchus Marsh and Melton, while also serving on the served on the Mitre 10 board for many years.

Sons Craig and Steven followed Mr Coltman into the business with Craig saying his Dad always gave them the chance to experiment and try new things.

“He was never an impediment; he was always ready to embrace new ideas and be very progressive. He did not rely on the norms. He liked to challenge and challenge us to do the best we could do,” Steven said.

Craig said the culture in the business was so every employee was considered a part of the Coltman family.

“If there was a child born there would be a new washing machine turn up. Dad was always looking to see what he could do for others to make their life better,” Craig said in the report.

Mr Coltman married Kathleen Carole Coltman (nee Stevens), who he was introduced to at a function at the Ballarat Golf Club on March 11, 1960.

They remained married until her death in 2012.

Mr Coltman was an active sportsman, a member of the YMCA, Ballarat Vikings Basketball Club and Ballarat Yacht Club in his early years and later a member of the Beagle Walking Club.

Golf was his main passion after joining Ballarat Golf Club in 1949, becoming the club’s youngest captain and he was the longest serving member when he died.

Mr Coltman was known for his contribution to the Ballarat community, but Craig said many would not be aware of the full extent because he did not promote his involvement and often made anonymous donations.

Mr Coltman also chaired the Ballarat and Clarendon College Foundation for many years and was heavily involved in the business networks, especially the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturing.

He supported the establishment of several Ballarat organisations including the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, Ballarat Arts Foundation, Kids Foundation and Springfest Market.

The Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society, Royal South Street Society, RSPCA and Salvation Army are some of the other organisations he supported over many years.

Bunnings push to use SA family’s name

Dontas Family

Image source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Bunnings may be considering using the name of Adelaide’s well-known Dontas family, as part of a major expansion of a new brand across Australia and New Zealand, according to a recent Herald Sun report.

Bennett + Co Lawyer, Dave Stewart, revealed in a recent statement that, “This (use of the Dontas name) is contrary to the wishes of a significant part of the family who had a historical part in establishing the iconic South Australian business over 70 years ago.”

The Dontas family not only has interests in hardware but also the racing industries and says plans by Wesfarmers-owned Bunnings to use its name “has serious implications for us, our children and future generations,” according to the report.

Mark Dontas, Troy Dontas and Supercars driver, Craig Dontas have historic links to the Adelaide Tools business which is now part of Bunnings, with their grandfather, Sam Dontas, founding Western Auto and Electrical Service in 1936. The name was subsequently changed to Electric Power Tool Services, according to the report.

Following Sam’s death in 1991, their aunt, Marissa Peach (nee Dontas), and husband Robert took control of the business in 1996, with the Adelaide Tools brand name launched later on in 2012, according to the Herald Sun report.

In May last year, Bunnings completed its acquisition of Adelaide Tools from the Peach family and, Marissa and Rob’s son, Adam Peach, remains involved with the business.

In June, Bunnings Chief Executive Michael Schneider unveiled the ambitious growth plans for Adelaide Tools. With six retail stores, the Oaklands Mower Centre and an online store, which is strong in the trade supplier market – the business will be rebranded and expanded to as many as 75 outlets across Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Schneider did not reveal the new name, but a search of the IP register shows Bunnings’ trademark applications for ‘Dontas’, ‘Dontas Tools’, ‘Dontas Workgear’ and a Dontas logo, ‘Onya Tools’, ‘Project Tools’ and ‘Benchmark Tools, according to the Herald Sun report.

“Bunnings purchased the business named ‘Adelaide Tools’ but Troy Dontas said he does not feel, “they have the right to use our family name nor should it have been part of any transaction. We don’t think Bunnings knew what they were buying.”

Bunnings’ Commercial Chief Operation Officer, Ben McIntosh, said in the report that the new names were being considered to help the company’s growth outside South Australia.

“One of the names is Dontas which recognises Adelaide Tools’ Founder, Sam Dontas, and the company’s proud 70-year history. We are disappointed that some members of the family are not supportive of this option. However, Dontas is just one of a number of names we are considering,” Mr McIntosh said in the report.

Mark and Troy separately own three Stihl dealerships in South Australia, which they say is “perpetuating the association” of their family name with trade and retail customers.

Mark said the situation was “unacceptable”.

“Bunnings do not sell Stihl products, but it will be perceived that we have a connection to our opposition by way of our family name. Our family name is rare, so it is only natural these perceptions will happen. Bunnings seem determined to profit from our family name,” Mark said.

Well-known in the Supercars racing scene, Craig Dontas has built a sports commercial business and carries endorsements by conflicting brands such as Total Tools, Bosch Tools, and further tool trade-connected brands.

“It does not help anyone for Bunnings to be selling under the ‘Dontas’ name while I am an ambassador for Total Tools. This will create a lot of confusion. It has already been flagged as a conflict, and I am set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsements,” Craig said in the report.

In an exchange of lawyers’ letters this week, the Dontas brothers learned Bunnings regarded the purchase of Adelaide Tools entitled them to use the “Dontas” name.

“Bunnings’ purchase of Adelaide Tools would have included Adelaide Tools’ goodwill. But Adelaide Tools was never known as ‘Dontas Tools’. Either the Peaches or Bunnings seem to have made a mistake in thinking that the purchase of the goodwill included acquiring the right to use the surname of the founder of the business.”

“The Dontas brothers do not think Bunnings started down this path deliberately intending to profit from the industry-famous Dontas name, but they think Bunnings have taken things a step too far,” Mr Stewart said in the report.

Metcash: COVID shopping habits to stay

Jeffery Adams, Metcash CEO

Jeffery Adams, Metcash CEO. Image source: www.smh.com.au

Metcash Chief Executive Officer, Jeffery Adams, said he expects consumer behaviour will not change until Australia’s international borders re-open, with the dramatic changes in consumption habits caused by the pandemic here to stay, according to a recent Sydney Morning Herald report.

In a trading update ahead of its annual general meeting, Metcash reported that it is still benefiting from major shifts in shopping trends, particularly as Australians build their way through the pandemic and migrate from capital cities to regional areas where it has a stronger store presence

“We thought we would see a drop-off after getting through that initial ‘panic buying period’ last year, but that has not happened. Instead, those who sought us out initially have stuck around and continued to shop,” Mr Adams said.

While it was difficult to predict the future, Mr Adams expects Metcash’s performance will remain constant until “significant change” to the country’s current situation, with the company’s results making clear that state lockdowns had “little to no effect” on the overall performance of the group.

“Until Australians will be able to leave the country and take holidays I cannot see a circumstance that would disrupt the current growth trajectory,” he said in the report.

The update also indicated that Metcash’s trading over the 16 weeks to mid-August was tracking well above pre-COVID levels.

Metcash’s total hardware sales were up 16.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Recent pauses to construction in New South Wales and Victoria have not affected the groups’ hardware division, according to Mr Adams who said, “The individual still needs their house renovated and will seek us out for supplies at some point.”

Metcash also reported that it has benefitted from various, recent shifts in consumer behaviour including local shopping, migrations out of the cities and into regional areas, eating and drinking at home and a rise in DIY activity and residential renovations.

Metcash shares fell 2.45 per cent to $3.98 on September 1, according to the report.

IHA to merge with GHIN

GHIN IHAThe respective Boards of the International Hardware Association (IHA) and Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) have announced the IHA, representing hardware associations globally, is set to merge with the GHIN as of October 1, according to a recent Hardware Retailing report.

The merger will create a mega network of retailers committed to the cause of helping consumers all over the world improve their homes and see GHIN represent all global home improvement retailers and all IHA members.

Currently GHIN has 216 members globally, operating in 74 countries with over 32,000 stores and members’ sales in excess of $390 billion. The merge will see it also now represent the IHA with thousands of hardware stores through the country associations of Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.

The IHA will remain an independent network administered by GHIN, but with its own president.

EDRA/GHIN President Sergio Giroldi said he was truly delighted to welcome the International Hardware Association into the global network.

“This merger will strengthen our network and raise our profile internationally. We, the home improvement retailers and the hardware stores, all have our place in the home improvement retail community, sharing the same values and offering consumers the best possible service and safe, quality products,” Mr Giroldi said.

EDRA/GHIN represents 216 home improvement companies operating over 32,000 stores in 74 countries currently.

IHA President Jean-François Dubost also said, “if we have learned anything over the past 18 months, it is that our industry is stronger when we come together to share interests, ideas and concerns with other partners throughout the channel. It is in this spirit that we welcome this new alliance and feel confident that the interests of our member organizations will be well represented on the global stage.”

For over 20 years the GHIN Network has successfully brought members together and learn from each other on strictly non-competitive issues, while defending members’ interests.

GHIN is also committed to working closely with HIMA, the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association, and with Global Trade Fairs to give retail members as much support and information as possible so they may offer the best possible products and service to consumers all over the world to improve their homes, according to the report.