Self Storage Expanding in the UK and in Russia

Posted on Sep 6 2011 - 9:53am by Kim Kilpatrick

The self storage industry has been a fast growing business in the United States over the last 35 years. It is slowly growing in other countries around the world. Recently, it has expanded in the UK and in Russia.

Fox Self Storage expanded their services to Newport, South Wales. This new branch facility offers general self storage, container storage, and archive storage. Paul Fox, managing director of the family firm, said his company had long been looking to expand into Newport. He said, “Our family has strong business and personal links to Newport and have been looking for a suitable location in the city for some time. We are delighted to be able to offer our services to local residents and businesses.” Fox Self Storage maintains facilities in Cardiff, Cwmbran, and Stourbridge.

Fox Self Storage provides storage for people who are in the process of moving, for people who need extra space for storing personal belongings, for students who need to store items between terms, and for businesses who need to free up space in their office. Fox Self Storage provides 24-hour security and fire alarms and closed-circuit televisions to ensure the safety of items stored in their facilities.

In Moscow, Russia, apartments are cramped and the lack of space is a critical issue. However, the establishment of self storage companies in Russia has been slow. There are two types of storage facilities in Moscow. One is where customers store their belongings in a warehouse and prices are determined by the volume of items. The second type is where people can rent a room or a box to store their items.

People in Russia generally store seasonal items such as clothing, winter or summer car tires, and sports equipment. Self storage facilities are strict on the types of items that can be stored. Many storage facilities do not allow food, animals, plants, and weapons nor do they allow storage of flammable, toxic and radioactive materials. City Box, Mobius, Red Box, Safe Space, Samosklad, Skladill, Skladovka, and Sklad-Trans are companies that are now established in Russia.

At the end of 2010, there were approximately 58,000 self storage facilities world-wide. There are over 46,500 self storage facilities in the United States, 3,000 in Canada, and more than 1,000 in Australia.

Sources Used:

“Self Storage Firm Expands to Serve Newport City.” The Open Press; 5 September 2011.

 “De-Clutter time.” The Moscow News; 5 September 2011.

Self Storage Association Fact Sheet; 30 June 2011.