Easystore Self Storage Ltd., a U.K. operator with two locations in Wales, has invested more than £250,000 to expand its facility in Bridgend with exterior units. The project was necessary to keep up with customer demand, company officials said.
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed and rather humbled by the reception our new units have received,” said Brendan Connies-Laing, company director. “Within the first two months, they are 80 percent occupied, and the feedback we have received has been hugely positive. We are already planning to build more.”
Connies-Laing worked in the U.S. self-storage market during the 1990s where he learned the importance of access-control systems and providing a meaningful customer experience, the source reported. The drive-up units at Bridgend feature metered power supply, fire-protection systems, individual door alarms, WiFi and 24-hour access.
“The ethos of the company is centered around ease of use for the customer, and the whole philosophy has developed from that premise,” he said. “With the economic recovery well and truly underway, this is a thrilling time to be in the position that we find ourselves. An increasingly buoyant housing market is resulting in an increase in domestic demand for self-storage. At the same time, small business activity is picking up, and it is wonderful to be able to offer genuine solutions to SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] that save them time and money.”
Easystore was founded in 2002 and opened its first self-storage facility in Cardiff the following year. The Bridgend location opened in 2009.