Self Storage in the News

The number of entrepreneurs that operate from a self storage unit is increasing in the UK. So much so that one self storage business, Store & Secure, is creating bigger units for those businesses. Small businesses can now choose units up to 450 square feet in size in which to conduct their business. They have added 27,000 additional square feet to their business.

Brian Maidman, managing director, indicated that this phase of their five year plan is ahead of schedule. Because of this boom, this increase in size for Store & Secure is double its original size.

Small businesses can rent a storage unite for any length of time. They are not committed to a contract. Businesses can also upscale or downsize easily. They are never tied to a fixed space for their storage unit or their office space.

Maidman started Store & Secure in 2010. His daughters, Lucy and Sophie, have joined him in his business. Their business is a convenient drive from the center of Bournemouth and has ample free parking. They offer a forklift, pallet trucks, and trollies for their customers.

Here in the United States, self storage businesses are also growing. Alex Simic owns Storage Master LLC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He recently purchased the building that used to house the former Salentine Buick dealership. The dealership closed in 2013.

His new self storage facility will house 325 indoor storage units and have 55,000 square feet. He will also have 186 spaces outside for outdoor storage for boats and RVs.

A unique part of his plan is to turn a section of the building into a coffee house. He will call the coffee house “MUG” which will stand for Muskego Urban Gathering Place.

This coffee house will be a family friendly gathering place where families can come to play board games, listen to local musicians, and enjoy refreshments. There would also be three meetings rooms that would be available for community members and businesses to rent for meetings and social activities for larger groups.

The planning commission will be holding a public hearing this coming week. It will discuss a conditional use grant. This grant, if passed, would allow Maidman to develop both his self storage business and his coffee house.

Sources Used:

“Self Storage – and coffee house – proposed for a former Buick dealership.”  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; 27 June 2014.

“Firm’s new concept leads to expansion.” Bournemouth Daily Echo; 27 June 2014.

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