THE arrival of Bunnings in East Albury has prompted the creation of an auto parts shop across the road.
Auto One will have a grand opening on Saturday.
The shop is occupying the front of a Drome Street building previously used as a workshop for Falcon Spares and Repairs.
Store manager Matt Chahda said mechanical work would continue to be done at the rear of the premises.
The emergence of Auto One coincides with final preparations for Total Tools’ relocation from Hume Street in central Albury to Borella Road near to Bunnings.
The tool trader will swap a 670 square metre store for a 2100 square metre barn when it opens in early August.
Construction of the building began last November with store manager Alex Patnaude saying they would have 30 to 40 per cent more line items.
“We had outgrown the site in Albury years ago and we’d been looking at a suitable site and this one became available,” he said.
Mr Chahda said the opening of the hardware had sparked the move to take on an Auto One franchise.
“You’ve got to capitalise on something like that,” he said.
“We were talking to some of the guys at Bunnings and they’re getting sometimes 1200 cars on a Saturday and that’s a massive amount of traffic.”
The opening will run from 8.30am to 4pm on Saturday with five V8 Supercars on display and a driving simulator available for free use.
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