02, 2015 –One
of Australia’s largest tool retailers Total Tools is set to tap growing demand
for hardware goods in Melbourne’s north-west, after recently concluding a deal
at the redeveloped former Bunnings store at the Sunbury Showroom Centre.
The national retailer has signed a
10-year lease on the 1,100sqm showroom property at 85 Vineyard Road. Rents at
the centre range from around $170 per square metre - $250 per square metre.
CBRE Large Format Retail Negotiator
Ryan Arrowsmith said the deal represented an outstanding opportunity for Total
Tools to gain a presence in the rapidly growing Sunbury catchment.
By 2021, the catchment area population
of the Sunbury Showrooms is forecast to reach 94,183 (i.e. an increase of
11,853 people between 2013 and 2021 – roughly equivalent to the population of
Colac in Victoria or Lithgow in NSW being added during this period).
“Furthermore, research indicates that Sunbury
trumps the nation with consumer demand for hardware goods, averaging around 21%
more hardware spend than the rest of Australia,” Mr Arrowsmith said.
“Total Tools joins The Good Guys,
Repco, PETstock and Godfreys in the Sunbury Showroom development, which has
proven to be a strong case study for retail repositioning, with Bunnings targeting
larger footprints as part of the hardware race against Masters Home Improvement.
This is leaving some of the older, smaller warehouses behind.
“Across the country, Bunnings is
moving from smaller format stores measuring 6,000sqm – 9,000sqm to larger
stores of approximately 14,000sqm – 21,000sqm. This is unlocking an opportunity
for landlords to develop their ex-Bunnings freeholds in to what often is a
higher and better use large format space,” he explained.
“Total Tools’ move to the former
Bunnings space at Sunbury Homemaker Centre is evidence of this trend, while
similar leasing activity is underway in Maribyrnong, Mentone and Cairns.”
CBRE Head of Large Format Retail &
Director Chris Parry said the team had been able to significantly lift the
income, improve the WALE and more importantly drive employment in Sunbury by
introducing retailers who were not previously represented.
“The new Total Tools showroom is
strategically positioned in a tightly held location that has a proven track
record of strong patronage. This new store is a major milestone for Total Tools
that will help it cement its footprint in the Victorian market.”
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