Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

DIY Demand Drives Retail Expansion on Northside

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

DIY Demand Drives Retail Expansion on Northside

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Byline: Melissa Grant melissa.grant@dailymercury.com.au

IF you want something done right you had better do it yourself.

That must be the mantra many Mackay people are sticking to, considering there will soon be two major additions to the number of the city's hardware stores.

To meet the DYI demand, Bunnings has a bigger and better warehouse in the pipeline, while Porter's intends to build a second outlet at Rural View.

Once you've done up the house you will probably need some new furniture and there will be another place to get it when a 40,000sqm Homemaker Centre opens on Holts Rd.

After dealing with numerous spanners that were thrown into the works, the Lancini Group is looking forward to delivering the Cysupa centre', which will feature furniture and homeware giants.

Directly opposite the Homemaker Centre will be the bigger and better Bunnings. Mackay's existing Bunnings, at Greenfields, Mt Pleasant, is a small store by the hardware giant's standards so it applied to build a larger outlet.

That 15,000sqm warehouse is subject to council and State Government approvals; however, a Bunnings spokeswoman said construction would begin right away once the company was given the green light.

A Bunnings trade centre has opened at Connors Rd, Paget, to take some traffic away from the larger store. It is likely the existing Bunnings at Mt Pleasant will be recycled and used for other purposes.

Meanwhile, construction is about to begin on Porters' second Mackay store. Porters, which has a store on Brisbane St, has been part of the Mackay community since 1883 and is bringing another store to Mackay due to increased demand.

While Bunnings and Porters have long serviced the Mackay community, consumers can look forward to many new and big brands at the Homemaker Centre.

Leases for the development are still in negotiation but are expected to feature major homeware and furniture outlets such as Freedom Furniture. It is also expected to include a Harvey Norman.

Construction on the long-awaited Homemaker Centre is expected to finally begin around the middle of the year. …

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