Bunnings Keperra plan
Local hardware shop fears Bunnings onslaught
Jens Arnold, the owner of The Gap Handyman Centre. Photo: Tony MooreA local hardware store owner in Brisbane's north-west is incensed they had no knowledge Bunnings planned to build Australia's biggest hardware store at the Keperra Quarry, fearing he will be wiped out.
There will be no extension to public consultation, which finishes Wednesday.
Jens Arnold has run The Gap Handyman Centre on Waterworks Road with his wife Peta for 16 years.
The site of the proposed Bunnings at Keperra. Photo: Tony MooreThe business has been at The Gap since 1969.
"We had a Mitre 10 store in the Marsden Park shopping centre in Logan City when the Bunnings stores came to Queensland," he said.
"We had a very successful business there for 16 years, we were one of six Mitre 10 stores in the Logan area.
"Today there is not one remaining Mitre 10 store in Logan City, but I think there are three, possibly four, Bunnings stores.
"So we have direct experience of the impact of Bunnings."
employs 14 people, including sons Daniel and Tim, at the family business.
"Within Bunnings' proposed store catchment area we have identified seven hardware stores, including two at Samford, and other smaller shops like mower shops and pool shops that are going to be effected by Bunnings," Mr Arnold said.
"Throw a Bunnings into the mix at Keperra and a big percentage of those stores will be severely effected or, at worst, will need to close. The competition will be wiped out."
Mr Arnold urged Brisbane City Council to consider the impact on local businesses.
"It will be a sad day when people are forced to just shop at Bunnings because family businesses have died out," he said.
In a written statement, Bunnings general manager of property Andrew Marks said the company was committed to supporting the local community.
“Bunnings' proposed investment in the Keperra area will provide great job opportunities for the local community, with over 160 new positions available in the Bunnings team, representing strong employment and on-the-job training opportunities for local residents and school leavers,” he said.
“In addition, the project is estimated to create over 420 jobs during the construction phase, signifying a direct investment in the local area."
Local councillor Andrew Wines said Bunnings had an approval to build a smaller complex on the quarry site for five years.
He said his main concern was the increased traffic on Settlement Road.
Cr Wines said the council would ask for $6.1 million to upgrade Settlement Road and the local road network.
He said engineers could widen the shoulders of Settlement Road.
"That is what the priority infrastructure plan allows for," Cr Wines said.
"That recognises that certain items have to be upgraded if certain places get redeveloped and this site is one of them.
"So, as part of the infrastructure charges, we will take a significant amount of money from Bunnings to do up the road network."
Local residents also complained the plan removes the high bank and vegetation along Settlement Road that would block out noise and lights from the site."