Update 6/27/14 – England self-storage operator Store & Secure recently expanded its Bournemouth facility by adding 27,000 square feet of storage space. The £300,000 project is part of a five-year growth plan and includes larger units up to 450 square feet targeted at businesses.
Managing director Brian Maidman started the storage business in 2010 while also leading the moving company Maidman’s Ltd. He recently sold Maidman’s to concentrate on developing the Store & Secure brand. The expansion was done in an area that had been leased to Maidman’s former moving business.
“The company is expanding well,” he told the source. “This phase is a year and a half ahead of schedule in our first five-year plan. What comes next is growth around the south of England with further locations.”
The Bournemouth facility targets business tenants by offering office suites for short- or long-term rent. It also has 120 drive-up units for business or residential customers.
“The concept is very popular with businesses, as they can easily upscale or downsize for short periods and are never tied to a fixed space, both in storage and our serviced offices,” Maidman said. “We will receive deliveries on their behalf and provide full handling facilities [including] forklift, pallet trucks and trolleys, even a mailbox. Start-ups can try a business idea by beginning as small as they like and without being locked into a contract.”
5/22/14 – Brian Maidman, co-founder of England-based moving company Maidman’s Ltd., has sold the business to rival company White & Co. PLC to concentrate on developing his Store & Secure self-storage brand, according to the source.
“After 35 years in the removals industry, developing Maidman’s to its size and enviable reputation, I wanted to concentrate on Store & Secure,” Maidman said. “Both my daughters will work with me, and we’ll operate as a family business. Our plan is to develop a multi-site operation. We definitely have growth in mind and will be very active in the market.”
Store & Secure currently operates one self-storage facility in Bournemouth, England, which also serves the communities of Christchurch and Westbourne. In addition to traditional storage, the company offers office workspace.
The entire Maidman’s staff will make the transition to White & Co. Brian Maidman’s daughter Sophie will remain with the new company for three months before joining her father’s self-storage business, the source reported.