Bunnings Warehouse at Canberra Airport is expected to open its doors at the end of next month.
The $42 million store will employ 180 people. Of those, 140 will be new team members while 40 have been transferred from other Bunnings stores.
Bunnings acquired the site in 2016 when Woolworths closed the doors of its home-improvement chain, Masters after it lost more than $600 million over four years. Masters opened in Canberra in 2012 with 150 staff, and hired 7700 nationally.
At the time, Bunnings acquired 15 Masters sites, however, it did not confirm whether the Canberra store was among them. It was confirmed in November last year that Bunnings was working to finalise the agreement. But the future of the Bunnings Warehouse in Fyshwick is still up in the air.
Canberra Airport complex manager Robert Manning said Bunnings provided meaningful career development options for team members.
"I’m confident our new recruits will relish the opportunity to learn and grow with us,” Mr Manning said.
He said 30 of the new team members were also qualified tradespeople.
Bunnings property general manager Andrew Marks said the Fyshwick store would remain open and continue to trade as normal.
"We have not yet made any final decisions about the future of our Fyshwick store but will continue to keep our team members and the community informed."
Canberra Airport's Richard Snow said it was "exciting to watch the building transform into the iconic Bunnings green".
"It’s always been our goal to offer our customers the best brands in a single convenient shopping precinct," Mr Snow said.
"Bunnings adds even more choice for shoppers who seek out that one-stop shopping experience with brands like Costco, Aldi, Big W, and Woolworths.”
Bunnings has a total of 326 stores across Australia, four of which are in the ACT: in Fyshwick, Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong. The Canberra Airport will be the fifth store.
Bunnings Warehouse Canberra Airport is located at 971 Majura Rd, Majura Park, ACT 2609.