Bunnings weighing up two Bendigo projects

REDEVELOPMENT: Bunnings Warehouse in Kangaroo Flat.

REDEVELOPMENT: Bunnings Warehouse in Kangaroo Flat.

BUNNINGS is considering a major expansion to its Kangaroo Flat warehouse.

The hardware chain has had plans to expand the site approved by the City of Greater Bendigo.

The store, which is next to Lansell Square, would increase from about 9500m2 to 14,400m2.

The retail warehouse would grow by almost 3000m2, the outdoor nursery would shrink to make way for an enlarged bagged goods area, and a timber trade sales section will expand into the undeveloped part of the site.

A new building materials and landscaping yard would also be created near Railway Street, new parking created to the east of the site and a timber storage yard removed.

56 new car parks would be created under the plan.

But the chain is yet to decide on whether to proceed with the project.

Bunnings has approval for a new site on the Midland Highway at Epsom, and is working through the conditions of the permit with the council.

City of Greater Bendigo director planning and development Prue Mansfield said the company was able to start both developments.

A statement from Bunnings said the projects were under consideration.

The owners of the former Centro Lansell said in 2012 the shopping centre supported the expansion.

“We do not have a view on specific design aspects relating to the site however we trust that council will achieve an appropriate outcome with the proponent which will allow the expansion to proceed,” the letter stated.

Mayor Barry Lyons said the developments would be positive for Bendigo.

“From council’s perspective, we’ve ticked off on both projects,” he said.

“The ball’s in Bunnings’ court as to when they go ahead.”

Cr Lyons said the Epsom store would add to retail in Epsom.

“There’s not a lot of shopping in Epsom apart from the Howard Street complex,” he said.

“And in Kangaroo Flat it will be add an extra area to shop.

“It will be more attractive to outer areas like Castlemaine, Maldon and Harcourt.”

Bendigo Hume & Iser is also undergoing a major expansion.

The hardware store also has room to grow into the current  Victoria Carpets site on Charleston Road. 

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