Family-owned and operated equipment hire company, Kennards Hire, is increasing its presence in the greater Newcastle region with the opening of a new Pop-Up Branch in Heatherbrae—a first for the business and the Australian hire industry.
The Pop-Up Branch concept demonstrates Kennards Hire’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, with the new Heatherbrae Branch being entirely purpose-built from 20ft shipping containers. The custom designed containers are designed to be self-contained, transportable and easy to commission. The portable modules include a service bay, fully equipped plant room, equipment storage, a modular wash bay, customer area and shade igloo.
It’s the second branch of its kind to be fully operational in the network. The first is located in Hornby, New Zealand.
Strategically located on the Pacific Highway route between Sydney and Brisbane, one of Australia’s busiest thoroughfares, Heatherbrae forms a significant link in the Kennards Hire network, its opening being the fourth in the Greater Newcastle and Lower Hunter Valley areas. All four general branches are now advantageously placed to assist the local specialist branches – Rail and Pump & Power – and their customers, with the same reliability and convenience that customers know they’ll get from the well-trusted brand.
As with all Kennards Hire branches, it offers an extensive range of equipment suited to support the local government depots, as well as trade professionals and weekend DIYers. The location is a convenient option for trade professionals undertaking projects in highly dynamic Newcastle, as well as supporting the numerous infrastructure projects in the area.
Darren Pring, Branch Manager, is excited to be working with this new innovation in the hire industry: “The pop-up location at Heatherbrae represents true innovation from Kennards Hire. It’s great to work for a company that sees opportunity and is prepared to act on it.
“To watch the branch come together according to plan was awesome to see. We’ve got some pretty talented people in our business and they put together our new branch like it was Lego.”
Supporting Darren will be Paul Gill as Duty Manager and Bryan Gray as Serviceperson Driver. With over 30 years’ experience in the hire industry, the team here have a vast skill set plus a wealth of knowledge when it comes to finding the right tool for the job and the local region. Both men eagerly look forward to working with tradies and DIYers and being part of the ongoing growth in the region.
From its origins in Bathurst in 1948, Heatherbrae is Kennards Hire’s 53rd branch in New South Wales and the 180th branch across the entire network.