More than 300 people applied for staff positions at a large Store First self-storage facility that’s scheduled to open soon in Paisley, Scotland, near Glasgow. The rush of applicants came after a public notice was posted on the company’s website.
Joe Cullinane, Store First’s regional manager, told the source he’s been inundated with phone calls since posting the job notice, which included his phone number. “I knew there were a lot of people out there looking for work, but I never expected this level of applications,” he said. Cullinane has already hired two supervisors for the facility but is looking to hire about 20 full- and 10 part-time employees.
Store First Glasgow is the company’s first storage facility in Scotland. It’s on the former Hillman Imp car-manufacturing site, which halted production in 1981. The site now includes housing, a retail park and a supermarket. Additional development plans include homes, hotels and pubs, and industrial and commercial businesses such as offices and car showrooms, according to the source.
The new facility is near the entrance of the business park and includes four dock- and three ground-level loading doors. The property will also feature a sprinkler system, secure parking bays for 13 trailers and separate, private parking for 130 cars. Store First spent an estimated £10 million to purchase the land and convert the empty building to storage, according to the source.
Store First has several facilities in Northwest England, with the goal of increasing its footprint to 50 locations across the United Kingdom within five years. The company’s model blends traditional self-storage units with full business amenities for small businesses, including use of P.O. boxes, free WiFi and private meeting rooms. Site amenities include office facilities, breakout areas, packaging and shipping services, complimentary moving services, and reception areas. Security includes closed-circuit television, coded electric gates and perimeter fencing.