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Masters to open on 31 July

By johnboy - 7 February 2012 9

Current.com.au bring word of all Woolworths’ discount pack sized plans for Majura Park with a big opening for the hardware megastore Masters slated for 31 July:

The first Masters store for the ACT region is set to open on 31 July in Canberra’s Majura Park retail district, just around the corner from the Costco warehouse that opened up next to the airport last year.

The new Masters big box store will boast a 13,500 square metre footprint, and will join other retail shopfronts owned by Woolworths Limited. These include a 400 square metre Dick Smith outlet, a 5000 square metre Woolworths supermarket, and Australia’s first Mark 9 Big W store, which is the latest incarnation of the retailer’s store fitout and layout, occupying 8000 square metres of floor space. All three stores are set to open in April this year.

The new Masters warehouse is set to stock some 35,000 products and, according to Woolworths’ community relations manager Simon Berger, it will be a drawcard for the Canberra region.

Apparently a medical centre is planned for the precinct too.

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Masters to open on 31 July
SnapperJack 11:56 am 18 Jul 12

“Masters to open on 31 July”

Masters to close before 31 July (2013).

shirty_bear 11:46 am 18 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

heard yesterday, Masters actually opened very quietly on Sunday! Today is apparently their grand opening, I’m going to wander across to inspect the plant offerings.

We got some Masters letterbox bumf yesterday saying “Now Open”, so I guess they were open.
Brochure looked pretty ho-hum.

EvanJames 11:00 am 18 Jul 12

heard yesterday, Masters actually opened very quietly on Sunday! Today is apparently their grand opening, I’m going to wander across to inspect the plant offerings.

JC 6:10 pm 08 Feb 12

Keijidosha said :

SnapperJack said :

I just can’t see this succeeding. We already have three Bunnings centrally located in Fyshwick, Tuggers and Belco and I hardly think many people will make a trip out to the airport to buy a hammer.

If the service is better than Bunnings (and lets face it, that wouldn’t be hard) then I’d be more than willing to drive to Masters.

Got news for ya and it is all bad. The service at the one in Sydney was shite, and don’t expect to find a cash register with a person, all check-outs were self serve!

Keijidosha 11:55 am 08 Feb 12

SnapperJack said :

I just can’t see this succeeding. We already have three Bunnings centrally located in Fyshwick, Tuggers and Belco and I hardly think many people will make a trip out to the airport to buy a hammer.

If the service is better than Bunnings (and lets face it, that wouldn’t be hard) then I’d be more than willing to drive to Masters.

BicycleCanberra 8:51 am 08 Feb 12

‘Apparently a medical centre is planned for the precinct too.’

Does anyone live there ? Since Wollies have bought Magnet Mart. They should be upgrading the store at Woden ,where people live!

JC 7:42 am 08 Feb 12

Having been to Masters in Sydney I am not surprised it is struggling. It is a shop that doesn’t know if it is a hardware store or a homewares store.

When it comes to the hardware side of things, there is bugger all choice. If you want something there is one type of it. White goods yeah they sell them, same products and prices as elsewhere.

Homewares however are cheap Chinese crap, but at a premium price. Brought a light, cost $150 only to get it home to see how poorly built it was, $50 is the about all it was worth.

What was good though was the garden centre side of it. Prices were much better than Bunnings and the local nursery on things like mulch and fertilizer. Paid $10 for a bale of sugar cane mulch, Bunnings and nurseries are about $16.

PS SnapperJack think it is a tad wrong to infer that Wollies shops don’t offer discounts because they now sell petrol. The prices at Wollies the supermarket are as competitive as elsewhere and BigW is hardly expensive either, and have much better products and range compared to Kmart.

SnapperJack 4:20 pm 07 Feb 12

I just can’t see this succeeding. We already have three Bunnings centrally located in Fyshwick, Tuggers and Belco and I hardly think many people will make a trip out to the airport to buy a hammer.

Masters promises that they’ll have whitegoods as well as hardware, but right next door is Costco which sells such things cheaper than BigW, and that is the only criterion we have to judge Woolies on in this field. I hardly think Woolies will be offering discount prices at Masters given their reluctance to do so in their other outlets since they got mixed up in the petrol industry in the 1990s.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Masters is already struggling in Sydney and people have not warmed to the concept. I think the Airport has another Brand Depot disaster on their hands.

Primal 2:19 pm 07 Feb 12

Would that be the same Dick Smith Electronics that Woolies is looking to flog off?

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