Sydney high-rise Bunnings store expected by 2025

by | Jun 5, 2023

A massive Bunnings store with five different levels is expected to be completed in only two years, generating more than 800 jobs in the meantime. The Bunnings high-rise is planned for the Sydney suburb, Frenchs Forest and will cost a substantial $48 million to build.

Bunnings South Elevation Plans

Bunnings South Elevation Plans provided to council.

Three separate levels of the high-rise Bunnings will contain different retail opportunities for customers, including hardware, an outdoor garden centre, a café and an area for children to play. Parking space will span across two levels and will be able to house 400 cars. The store is expected to be completed by 2025.

In early 2021, news.com.au reported that the major project had received the green light. At the time, Bunnings’ Regional Operational Manager, Alan Harvey gave an indication of the sheer scale of the undertaking.

“Spanning over 20,000 square metres, Bunnings Frenchs Forest will be the first store in New South Wales to have three levels of retail, with on-site parking for almost 400 cars,” Mr Harvey said.

Once the new store is completed it is expected to create more than 130 team member jobs, as well as at least 700 construction jobs. The high-rise Bunnings is almost as big as the massive new $55 million Midland Warehouse in Perth’s Northeast which opened in December. Spanning more than 21,000 square metres, with more than double the amount of parking the old Midland Bunnings had at about 480 car bays.

The Frenchs Forest site used to house an Australian Post store and a two-storey office block, which have been knocked down to make room for the Bunnings store. But there have been some hitches along the way. A dispute with the local council about road safety and about the Bunnings logo being too big on the side of the building namely, along with the recently submitted plans for approval had to be changed, reported The Daily Telegraph.

Bunnings West Elevation Plans

Bunnings West Elevation Plans provided to council.

The process to get the project off the ground has spanned years already, with Bunnings reportedly having to change their plans creating another bump in the road. Bunnings submitted to have each of its three floors increase by 50cm, and then needed to compromise the change by reducing the height of their inner warehouse on the second level. Council has since approved these changes.