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Bunnings Warehouse
After its move to the east coast and its acquisition of McEwans in 1993, Bunnings head-hunted Rod for the position of Store Development Manager; responsible for driving its aggressive east-coast Bunnings Warehouse rollout program. With his team, Rod established and documented all development standards and processes necessary for the rollout of up to 13 stores a year. Rod was directly responsible for the planning, design, construction and fitout of over 60 new Bunnings Warehouse stores across Australia and then New Zealand.

Following Wesfarmers' acquisition of Howard Smith, Rod was responsible for integrating the Hardwarehouse and BBC stores into the Bunnings business. This project involved an "overnight" rebranding exercise followed immediately by an extensive program of store upgrades and refits to achieve Bunnings Warehouse standards throughout the store portfolio.

A further challenge was to then upgrade the older Bunnings Warehouse stores (some now six years old) to bring them up to the current standards. This was another rollout project in itself, with approximately 20 stores being upgraded each year.

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