Today, Smart Storage announces its merger with Kangaroo Self Storage, an independent Scottish based self storage company founded by me, Chris Stevens.
Following this merger, I will become the new CEO of the enlarged Group. The combined Kangaroo Self Storage and Smart Storage group has a portfolio of nine self-storage facilities and provides a Maximum Lettable Area of 442,000 sq ft. In addition to the stores of Smart Storage in Warrington, Widnes, Liverpool, Preston, Bromborough and Altrincham – Kangaroo has quality, secure stores in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We look forward to being able to support your storage needs in Scotland should you need storage further north.
On a day to day basis however, it’s business as usual. Contracts and services remain unchanged and your point of contact will continue to be your in store team.
As the new CEO I bring many years of experience in the self-storage industry. Kangaroo Self Storage was established by myself in 2004 and we opened our first store in Dundee that year. Prior to this I was the Chief Finance Officer for Lok’nStore Group Plc, the AIM listed storage company based in the South of England.
Many of you will know Mike Wilson, the outgoing CEO of Smart Storage. He has built an exemplary team at Smart Storage which I am getting to know and have already found to be passionate, loyal and hardworking. And, like those at Kangaroo, the experienced management team is wholeheartedly focussed on customer service. There are some great ideas in Smart Storage that I will be bringing into Kangaroo and I would like to thank the management for their contribution and dedication to the business and wish Mike all the best with his new venture.
The strategy will be to maintain, develop and invest in the caring, can-do attitude of the staff in both businesses as we realise the substantial growth that I believe is possible. As awareness is raised in the self storage market, we are well positioned to meet this demand with high quality stores in strong performing local markets.
My strategy for growth will see continued expansion through appropriate acquisitive and organic growth. Coupled with a continued investment in our stores to enable us to provide value-for-money, high quality, secure storage rooms and a rigorous focus on attentive service, we will ensure we continue to attract and retain customers – across the business, domestic and student markets.
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce myself and Kangaroo to you all and I look forward to meeting many of you when I am at your store.