Grafton in hardware heaven
By SALLY GORDON and EMMA CORNFORD
FROM pizza ovens to galvanized shelves, from door knobs to dunny seats, Grafton's newest retail complex is a home and hardware haven.
With more than 42,000 different product lines spread over 9000 square metres of floor space, Bunnings Warehouse should have something for everyone.
Grafton's golden boy and Australian Kookaburras hockey team captain Brent Livermore will officially open the outlet tomorrow at 10.30am.
Bunnings, located in South Grafton, opened to the public this week and it seems that so far, people are loving what they see.
One father of three said yesterday that it was great to cruise the isles and check out all the 'bits and pieces'.
The massive warehouse boasts 320 car parks and a team of 91 staff, including a trolley load of qualified electricians, plumbers and horticulturalists.
The complex's manager, Rick Buckmaster, believes the new store is one of the biggest in Grafton.
"We have all the lines that all regular Bunnings have ... and for Grafton, the exciting thing is the outdoor living area, where we have the largest range of barbecues," he said.
"I look at everything and I'm a bit wowed myself ... it's going to be fantastic and everyone from Grafton is going to love us."
Celebrations will continue throughout the opening week and over the weekend starting with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm on Friday.
And, as well as stocking a huge range of hardware, home and garden improvement products, the Pacific Highway store also will hold weekly DIY (do-it-yourself) clinics for men, women and children along with daily product information sessions.
Meanwhile, shoppers looking for a bargain in Grafton also will be happy to hear that a new discount store is opening in town.
The Reject Shop will open its 46th NSW store in Shoppingworld tomorrow.
The managing director of The Reject Shop, Barry Saunders, said the store was an important milestone for the company.
"Customers travel to Coffs Harbour for their shopping needs," he said.
"For many, the new Grafton store will offer a full range of products that will save on time and travel.
"It will also offer savings from our low prices and bargains.
"We also have a policy of employing local people so we look forward to becoming a bigger part of the local community."
He said the Grafton store would offer general merchandise, trend items and bargains.