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Wesfarmers opens raft of new stores across Australia

Retail group Wesfarmers has opened a number of new stores during the last few weeks, the business said, recruiting 224 new team members and converting 266 Target staff to work at its new Kmart sites.

During November, Wesfarmers launched Kmart stores in Camberwell and Casey in Victoria, as well as Cockburn in Western Australia, as well as its smaller K Hub concept in Bairnsdale in Victoria.

The K Hub concept is planned to be launched in around 50 further towns in the next year, and will be replacing around half of the Target Country stores scheduled for closure.

Beyond allowing Target workers to convert to its more successful stablemate Kmart, Wesfarmers intends to focus on recruiting workers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent at its new sites.

Additionally, Officeworks launched its 168th national store in Western Australia during November, while Bunnings lifted its team to more than 50,000 across ANZ with the launch of several stores across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

The store launches come off the back of the business’ strong FY20 results, with Bunnings and Officeworks driving double-digit sales and earnings increases, while growth in Kmart offset the impact of loss-making Target.

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