Ramsgate-born former Manchester United legend Gary Pallister opens Bunnings Warehouse store in Broadstairs

PUBLISHED: 11:53 12 September 2017

Gary Pallister with Bunnings team members in Broadstairs

Gary Pallister with Bunnings team members in Broadstairs

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The store offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and garden products

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Pallister returned to the county of his birth this week to open a home improvement and garden store.

Pallister, who was born in Ramsgate, was at Westwood Gateway Retail Park in Broadstairs on Tuesday to open Kent’s second Bunnings Warehouse, which will create some 43 new full and part-time jobs.

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 the store opening, helping with projects in the Broadstairs area, including creating a garden at Pilgrims Hospice, painting an outdoor classroom at Drapers Mills School and filling 11 bespoke planters at St. Ethelbert’s School.

Broadstairs’ complex manager, Simon 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.”

Pallister, who also played for Middlesbrough during his career, 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.”

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