U.K. self-storage operator The Store Room is expanding its facility at 671 Eccles New Road in Salford, England. The renovation, expected to take six weeks and cost £100,000, follows recent expansions at the company’s facilities in Bradford, Leeds and Leicester. To date, The Store Room has spent £200,000 on facility renovations. The company is already taking reservations for the new units, which will be available in mid-May.
The Store Room attributes its growth to an increase in consumer demand as the housing market in Salford and West Manchester improves, company representatives said in a press release.
“The early months of the year are normally quiet in the self-storage industry, but 2014 seems to be bucking that trend. Inquiries and customer numbers are significantly up over last year, and we need to make the investment in our Salford location now to increase its capacity so we can meet this extra demand,” said Jeremy Bradburn, managing director. “The recent improvement in inquiries from people moving a house is very encouraging and after a number of quiet years, we are very excited about the months ahead.”
The company is also seeing an uptick in business customers at all of its locations. The Salford facility’s proximity to several business areas is driving demand, company officials said. The property is near MediaCityUK, a 200-acre, mixed-use development site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and Trafford Park, an industrial estate almost entirely surrounded by water.
Established in 2007 and headquartered in Manchester, The Store Room operates self-storage facilities in the English communities of Bradford, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Preston and Rotherham.