The main things I noticed were how clean and well presented the store is. Their visual merchandising and displays are excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful - perhaps overly so but it was day one and the store had only been open an hour or so - let's just say they were enthusiastic!
The product range is also very good. I felt the range was much more aimed at the home owner DIY enthusiast and was a little more 'posh' than Bunnings. Here are some photos I snapped this morning with my phone.
pretty bird houses
Cute - You'd never see this at Bunnings
Garden lanterns and ornaments
More garden decor
Clever kitchen storage ideas
DIY lighting range
A much better selection of doors, but their range of door and cabinet handles was a little disappointing for a romantic/vintage/French/Hamptons/Shabby girl like me.
Laura Ashley wallpaper - BIG tick of approval
A good selection of mirrors
A row of rugs
and a good selection of carpet, tiles and timber flooring.
I loved this bath spout
and a good range of electrical including the designer range from IXL (see a bit more upmarket)
and even the kitchen sink
There were all the normal hardware things such as paint, electrical, timber mouldings and tools. There was a kitchen design centre which was great as long as you like modern kitchens and rows of appliances such as fridges and washers.
All in all Masters appears to be very good, and if you live in Brisbane's eastern suburbs, it's definitely worth a look.
People from the US would wonder what all the fuss is about, but here in Oz, we can be a little starved for product range, so it's nice to have more choice. Masters had no involvement with this post - that's why the photos are so bad. I wasn't sure if I was allowed to take photos. I just wanted to share it with you as I've been eagerly awaiting the opening.