Super hardware no closer for Pilbara

Mitchell WoodcockNorth West Telegraph
A site for a Bunnings store in Port Hedland has been touted for years.
Camera IconA site for a Bunnings store in Port Hedland has been touted for years.

Port Hedland residents may have to wait for their Saturday afternoon sausage sizzle a little longer, with Bunnings responding to a petition for a franchise to be built in the town.

Almost 1300 people have signed the petition on change.org, which is campaigning to have a store in the town, which was touted to come in 2016.

But an email received by one of the backers of the petition has revealed that the organisation has put the development of the store on hold due to “the slowdown of the State’s economy”.

“The decision to develop a site is one we take seriously, as it is a significant investment in money, time and people,” Bunnings Group Limited national property development manager Andrew O’Neil said.

“As a member of the communities in which we operate we always enter these developments with the greatest of care, knowing that we want to ensure we’re building a sustainable business over the long term.

“We are encouraged by the outpouring of support your petition has already received.

“We always want to hear from our customers about what is important to them, and when it comes to building new stores the community’s views form a large part of our assessment.”

Mr O’Neil said the organisation would “closely monitor the area” and “remain confident that we will be able to bring a Bunnings store to the Pilbara in the future”.

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