Former footballer and sports pundit Gary Pallister officially opens Westwood Bunnings store

Gary Pallister and Westwood Bunnings' team members

Former footballer and TV sports pundit Gary Pallister  has  officially opened the new Bunnings store at Westwood.

The sportsman, aged 52, was a defender from 1984 to 2001 and is most noted for his nine-year spell at Manchester United from 1989 until 1998. He also played for Middlesbrough and Darlington and was capped 22 times by England between 1988 and 1996. He was born in Ramsgate.

The event was for new team members and was also attended by PJ Davis, Bunnings UK & Ireland Managing Director and Simon Woodhall, Bunnings Warehouse Broadstairs complex manager.

Creating over 43 new full and part time jobs in Broadstairs, the new store is 67,000 square feet and the second Bunnings Warehouse in Kent, following the Folkestone store in July.

The store offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and garden products from a wide range of global market-leading brands, including some not previously available outside the trade. Other services include everything from paint mixing to key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and in-store D.I.Y. Workshops to learn a host of skills first hand.

Bunnings’ team members have already been busy ahead of today’s store event, helping with projects in Thanet. These include creating a garden at Pilgrims Hospice, painting an outdoor classroom at Drapers Mills School and filling 11 bespoke planters at St. Ethelbert’s School.

Mr Woodhall, said: “It is great to finally open our doors.  All our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and have undertaken many hours of training to make sure we have the expertise to help customers with home or garden projects.”

Gary Pallister added: “I’ve had a great time opening the Broadstairs store and celebrating with the Bunnings’ team members.  This area is where it all began for me and I am sure it will be a great success.”

Customer events

The store opening will be hosting two weekends of events on 16- 17 and 23-24 September, where customers will be able to enjoy family activities including the famous Bunning Sausage Sizzle, face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session.

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