The Self Storage Industry is Growing in South Africa

Posted on Nov 21 2011 - 9:28am by Holly Robinson

The self storage industry is primarily based in the United States. In 2009, 46,000 out of the 58,000 facilities around the world were located in the United States. Over recent years, the industry has seen substantial growth world-wide — especially in South Africa. The self storage industry there has grown to be fifth in the world.

New facilities open up on a regular basis – especially ones by Storage Genie. Storage Genie announced the grand opening of its newest facility in Zambezi Mall in Pretoria North and in the Stoneridge Mall in the Edenvale area in Johannesburg. The new facilities have over 150 units in the Zambezi Mall and 300 units in the Stoneridge Mall. Sizes range from half garage size to larger than garage size.

The facilities offer drive-up access to the indoor, under roof storage units. The facilities have 24 hour security, online rental and payment services, a call center, and commercial delivery acceptance. They have a business center that has free Wi-Fi and Internet access, coded keypad entry, and 24 hour digital surveillance cameras.

Managing Director Mr. Dylan Wolpe said “Storage Genie is proud to become a part of the Pretoria North and Edenvale communities and we look forward to serving the storage needs of the local residents and businesses. We’re open 6 days a week and invite everyone to come by and visit us.”

Storage Genie has a goal to make their facilities extremely convenient for their customers. They have developed a new concept for storage facilities by locating them in retail centers and shopping malls. This allows them to keep their costs low and pass the savings along to their customers. This also makes it appealing to businesses who are interested in leasing storage on a monthly basis.

Storage Genie was established in 2007. It is currently the number one storage facility in South Africa with over 16 self-owned facilities in the Gauteng area. They have several other facilities under development nationally. Because of their exclusive technologies, experience, and expertise, they focus on developing, leasing, and managing turnkey solutions.

Storage Genie has 3 divisions: Storage Genie Leasing, Storage Genie Consulting, and the Storage Genie Product Division. It founded the Self Storage Association of South Africa. The association provides inter-facility communications, helps to set industry standards, and has a representative that actively promotes the self-storage industry.

Sources Used:

“Storage Genie Zones, A Fresh New Perspective on Self Storage.” Press Portal; 21 November 2011.

Storage Genie.

Wikipedia.org.

The Self Storage Industry is Growing in South Africa

About Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.
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