New Sea Point self storage facility in a leugue of it's own

Friday the 9th October sees the official opening in Sea Point of what is already being described as South Africa’s most exclusive self storage facility.

Sited in Regent Road on two levels of what was formerly a parking garage and panel shop, the new store, which has almost 300 individual self storage units, has been developed by SA Self Storage Investments (SASSI) and is managed by their subsidiary company, Stor-Age. It is the fifth of nine SASSI stores either already complete or due for completion within the next 12 to 18 months.

Two factors, says Steven Horton, a SASSI director, set the Sea Point store apart from its rivals and, indeed, from almost every other store in SA today. The first is that while it occupies a conventional 1950s concrete frame structure, the actual walls, doors and ceilings are made of sophisticated powder coated steel hallway components. SASSI has recently acquired the sole agency for the self storage steel hallway system in Africa from its US based supplier and welcomes the sale of the product to third party users.

The second factor to make this store “different” – and highly acceptable to users – is its exceptionally convenient position. Normally, says Horton, self storage facilities are on the edge of urban areas, e.g. at airports or in the leafy suburbs. By contrast, the Sea Point store is in the heart of a highly developed area, literally five minutes’ drive from thousands of flat dwellers (who traditionally have been major users of such facilities).

Those renting space can hire as little as 2m² or as much as 18m². Horton points out that as the ceiling heights are 2,6 metres, even the smaller units can store a considerable volume of goods. What is more, hirers need not tie themselves into long leases: they can sign on for 30 days with the option of rolling over the lease for more months.

Horton says that Stor-Age customers come in two categories. The first is commercial users such as retailers, contractors, electricians, small tradesmen, plumbers etc. looking for storage space for their equipment and materials as well as professional service companies requiring off site document storage solutions.

The second category is made up of domestic users who are frequently going through a life changing event: refurbishing their homes, winding up a deceased estate, divorcing, downscaling to smaller premises or relocating.

In all its premises Stor-Age provides a retail outlet through which it supplies packaging materials such as bubble wrap, boxes, tape, locks, rope and fillers.

In these centres, Stor-Age’s customers have the use of business aids such as email, faxes, telephones and photocopy machines.

Stor-Age will also provide, free of charge, a van to collect goods for storage. The hirer “owns” the lock to his unit and, retains the key for the duration of their stay. Hirers can pay as little as R300 per month for a unit and there is no upper limit to the amount of space they can take.

Those wishing to visit the store to arrange a tour should contact Ricardo Pereira on 021 434 5041.

“Self storage facilities are a new asset class. They are the fastest growing sector in the SA property world because they provide a service that is increasingly needed by SA’s population, those with growing or fluctuating stocks of goods. By making such facilities totally secure, user-friendly and a pleasure to visit, SASSI is taking self storage into a new era – and the new Sea Point store is a fine example of just how this should be done.”

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