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Bunnings Warehouse to open on former Masters site near Canberra airport

The former site of Masters Home Improvement Store at Majura Park near Canberra airport will be home to a new Bunnings Warehouse.

In 2009, Woolworths and its joint venture partner, US hardware giant Lowe's, invested $3.48 billion in the home improvement project, including Masters.

But Woolworths closed the doors of its home-improvement chain for the final time in December last year.

It pulled the plug on Masters after it lost more than $600 million over four years.

Masters opened in Canberra in 2012 with 150 staff, and hired 7700 nationally.

In August last year, Home Consortium announced the acquisition of 61 Masters properties and indicated a number would be repositioned as Bunnings centres rather than developed as Home Consortium Centres.


At the time, Bunnings acquired 15 Masters sites, however it did not confirm whether the Canberra store was among them.

Bunnings property general manager, Andrew Marks said the company was working to finalise an agreement for the former Masters site.

Mr Marks said if successful, there would be necessary conversion works to reformat the store ahead of Bunnings moving into the site.

He was not able to given an opening date.

Bunnings has a total of 326 stores across Australia, four of which are in the ACT: in Fyshwick, Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.