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Latest Bunnings Warehouse opens in Folkestone

Bunnings Folkestone

The fifth Bunnings Warehouse store opens its doors to customers today, 25th July in Folkestone, Kent.

The new store at Park Farm Retail Park is Kent’s first Bunnings Warehouse and follows recent store openings in Milton Keynes, Hemel Hempstead and the first two in St Albans. The new store is over 74,000 square feet and employs 95 team members, including 45 in newly-created full and part-time roles.

In January 2017 the store finally closed as a B&Q warehouse and was purchased in May by Wesfarmers. It will be fascinating to see if Bunnings can make a profit out of this location when B&Q clearly couldn't.  

Read - B&Q Folkestone to finally close in January

Read - Bunnings reveal location of fifth store

It also stocks more than 28,000 different home improvement and garden products, including a mix of international and British brands – from Purdy’s paintbrushes to Ryobi and DeWalt power tools. A ‘colour wall’ with over 3,000 colour tiles and paint mixing from Johnstone's Trade, Crown and Dulux, also offers an unlimited paint colour choice to customers.

Bunnings team members have already been busy in Folkestone, lending a helping hand with projects in the local area. This included clearing an area for students to garden at The Beacon School, planting raised beds at Hill Road Community Garden and creating a sensory garden for children at Casper's Nursery.

To celebrate the opening, Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE is joining a welcome breakfast for team members.

Lizzy said: “As a Kent local I’m looking forward to opening the county’s first Bunnings Warehouse and celebrating with the team members. I’m sure the store will be a great success.”

The store’s Complex Manager, Matt Cope, added: “It is great to finally open our doors to customers. Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and make sure we have the expertise to help with home or garden projects.”

Two grand opening weekend events will also be taking place on 29/30 July and 5/6 August and with a raft of free family activities. Customers can enjoy face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session (see in store for details). 

For more information on the opening events and store address, click here.

Source: Insight DIY Team

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24 July 2017

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