A family-run car dealership and rental facility in Exeter, England, has launched White Horse Self Storage on an adjacent property. The owners of White Horse Motors and White Horse Rentals purchased a former wrecking yard next to the dealership and spent nine months converting it into a storage facility, according to the source.
The company has hired Paul Lamb-Cooper to serve as its property manager, but some dealership and car-rental staff will also have duties at the storage business, the source reported. Upgrades to the property include new perimeter fencing and closed-circuit television.
The facility offers portable containers for self-storage as well as covered storage for cars, boats, campers, RVs and horse trailers. White Horse used guidelines from the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA) in setting up the facility. The association is a U.K.-based organization focused on site security that offers three levels of accreditation: gold, silver and bronze. White Horse earned a gold award from CaSSOA, according to the association website.
“We had a very extensive audit of the site, which specified things like where barriers, security gates and fire extinguishers had to be,” White Horse Marketing Manager Tim Wood told the source. “It gives customers that extra peace of mind and reassurance.”
The facility is targeting commercial and residential self-storage customers and has already experienced “strong demand” from vehicle owners, the source reported.