SOUTH Lismore is set to become a home repair hot-spot after Bunnings got the go-ahead for a $5 million improvement to its existing store that will roughly coincide with the opening of a new $11.5 million Masters Home Improvement store, right next door.
The new look Bunnings will have an extended timber trade sales yard and nursery, while the general warehouse will also be expanded to include kitchen and bathroom displays, Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said.
"We have been part of the Lismore community since 2001 and we're looking forward to bringing an even better store," he said.
"As part of the expansion the total store area will grow to almost 10,000 square metres.
"The existing building materials and landscape yard will be fully enclosed to create a weather proof timber trade sales area, a canopy will be added over the nursery and extra covered floor space will allow for a wider range of products," he said.
The expansion is expected to be complete by early 2015 and will include implementation a number of energy and water saving design features.
Bunnings will continue trading through the upgrade period.
Late last year the Council approved a new $11.5 million Masters Home Improvement store, now under construction next to the Bunnings store on Bruxner Highway, south of Three Chain Road.
The Masters store will be 10,000 square metres in size and create more than 250 retail and construction jobs.
The store is due to be open a few months after Xmas.