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Andrew Barr saws the plank to open Masters at Majura Park

By johnboy - 18 July 2012 27

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Andrew Barr is spruiking the Woolworths group lastest venture, Masters Home Improvement, now open out at the airport.

This morning I joined Ben Camire, National Operations Manager of Masters Home Improvement, to officially open Canberra’s first Masters Home Improvement store at Majura Park.

The new Masters store will contribute some 170 new jobs and boost employment located at Canberra Airport towards 11,000 workers.

It will also give consumers more choice in the growing retail precinct at Majura Park. This means a wider selection of places to shop and greater convenience and value, which can only be a good thing for ACT residents.

Masters Home Improvement is a joint venture between Woolworths and US-based home improvement chain Lowe’s that has been established to compete for a market share in the Australian big-box warehouse retail sector.

The end of Bunnings as the centre of civic life in Canberra?

[The rather clever sawing of the plank in favour of cutting the ribbon courtesy of Minister Barr’s facebook page]

What’s Your opinion?


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Andrew Barr saws the plank to open Masters at Majura Park
qbngeek 4:54 pm 18 Jul 12

Is there anything Barr won’t open??

Pork Hunt 4:31 pm 18 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

EvanJames said :

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

You are correct EJ – I was just being cynical in speculating that Stephen Byron had finally conceded that there will never be scheduled international flights to and from Canberra.
Seriously though, the Snow family should be applauded for the incredible business enterprise they have created around the airport. Imagine what the place would be like if the ACT Governmnet had bought the Airport instead. Probably would be covered with arboretums and bicycle tracks/speed cameras.
Any chance we can get the Snows to run for government in October?

Don’t forget the artworks…

Martlark 4:22 pm 18 Jul 12

Do they have dodgem utes to get around? That’s the only way you’d get me travelling that far to pick up a bag of 200×3 inch nails and a charity sausage.

troll-sniffer 3:44 pm 18 Jul 12

Anyone read the crimes article on this new enterprise today? Online was where I did wade through it. Not sure the journo tasked with massaging the spin, or the subbie tasked with finding its spot in the layout even amended the provided copy by one word. I guess cost-cutting is important at a newspaper but seriously, make some effort to make it look like a news article, not a piece supplied in ready to print format!

dungfungus 3:37 pm 18 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

You are correct EJ – I was just being cynical in speculating that Stephen Byron had finally conceded that there will never be scheduled international flights to and from Canberra.
Seriously though, the Snow family should be applauded for the incredible business enterprise they have created around the airport. Imagine what the place would be like if the ACT Governmnet had bought the Airport instead. Probably would be covered with arboretums and bicycle tracks/speed cameras.
Any chance we can get the Snows to run for government in October?

EvanJames 3:00 pm 18 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

I think “canberra airport” is the address location of that Masters shop, so it’s like a district or precinct.

dungfungus 2:26 pm 18 Jul 12

Er, Canberra Airport?
What happened to Canberra International Airport?

EvanJames 2:12 pm 18 Jul 12

Bunnings…. is in trouble. This is something way out of their league. I’d recommend getting there during a weekday or during evening opening… it’ll be a zoo come the weekend.

it’s very light and airy and shop-like… and HUGE. White polished concrete flooring, lots of bright lighting, very wide aisles and you can peer down and see everything, trouble is you get lured down them. Massive range of everything, way bigger than Bunnings.

Great for hardware-y stuff, and also home furnishing/decorating stuff. Crazy over-hyped-up staff who hound you and want to be your friend. I’m not sure it’s cheap across the board, but with the huge range, you can probably do better if you’re careful. My current pricing point, pvc water piping, is much cheaper at Masters than Bunnings (Bunnings are reaming on that), but it’s cheaper still at a plumbing place. Not by much though.

Noticed a lot of American stuff, which is good. Garden area was very impressive. Punnets of things are all $2.98, good value. Amazing range too. Lots of those potted colour things for $2, looked very good. Huge range of stuff in bags, and stakes and garden arches and things. Biggie for me was the really interesting range of assorted plastic glasshouse things, from tiny table-top things to full walk-in ones. And garden beds that were essentially wading pools with no metal bits, just a shaped plastic bag. And variations on that theme.

great range of proper string! I got a ball of sisal string. $2 for 60m. And my other score was a 100mm bolted trap screw (flangey end for 100m pvc pipe) for $5.90. Bunnings price is near $20 for the same thing.

Had no hope of seeing even a quarter of it. So far I’m very pleased.

Their prices on Weber Qs seemed particularly good.

SnapperJack 12:18 pm 18 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

davo101 said :

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard.

Not to mention a sparkly blue helmet and the karaoke track for Macho Man.

G-Fresh 12:07 pm 18 Jul 12

nailed it

davo101 12:06 pm 18 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard. Those hand saws are bloody dangerous, they’ll take your leg orf.

Don’t forget the safety chaps and possession of a saw operator’s certificate.

EvanJames 11:58 am 18 Jul 12

davo101 said :

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

yes, damn it! He needs a hi-vis vest, helmet/goggles/earphones, armoured gloves, steel-capped boots, knee-protectors, and a mouth guard. Those hand saws are bloody dangerous, they’ll take your leg orf.

EvanJames 11:56 am 18 Jul 12

I bet it was pre-sawed.

I had a look at their online cattledog and it’s intriguing. OK, it’s lunchtime! I’m off to view the plants’n’pooh.

davo101 11:53 am 18 Jul 12

artuoui said :

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

I don’t know who’s in charge of health and safety but that gentleman in the middle sure needs to go to re-education camp, not a single piece of safety equipment on him and, good Lord, is that a tie?

artuoui 11:46 am 18 Jul 12

The staff are keeping a safe distance.

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