Surging demand makes for an interesting container storage proposition. Shipping containers used for export to Australia are in demand! And once the shipping containers arrive, shipping bottlenecks and congestion make it slow to return. In the meantime, whilst a place on the ship for a container is found, the storage of containers is the only solution. Container dealers, “Gateway Containers”, [...]
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From the demographics it looks like the caravan storage industry is in for a bumper time. Over the next 20 years Australians are retiring in great numbers. According to the caravan industry association of Australia in their 2020 industry report, “there is a reasonably strong correlation between the percentage of the population over 65 years, and the total number of [...]
South-East Queensland region looks a compelling place to invest. Up until the 2032 Olympics was announced and awarded to Brisbane, South east Queensland Infrastructure and Brisbane City was planning & undergoing an explosive upgrade which included the Cross River Rail Brisbane Airport runway and airport upgrade Green Bridge programme Brisbane Metro Service All of these designed to liberate [...]
Today in Morayfield stands this newly built cutting edge highway service centre. We committed Taco Bells & United Petrol to the site to fit alongside the existing Anaconda. Prior to that, stood a 20 year old homemaker centre with showrooms vacant & had been available for lease for 2 years. The owners had to demolish half the buildings and reformat [...]
Please come along (virtually or physically ) to see Robert Stanley-Turner director of Box Commerical estate agents to appear in Venture & Capital event hosted by Wholesale Investor on 26TH-27TH JULY 2021 – LIVE & VIRTUAL. Rob will be talking about co-investment and the power of participating with other investors into acquiring and holding investment real estate.
Escaping a cold Melbourne autumn to inspect a new potential co-investing opportunity in Cairns CBD in April of 2021 was a pleasure. As an estate agent I have marketed numerous properties in Cairns over the years and I feel that I am uniquely placed to measure a difference to pre and post covid times. This time around, whilst there was a definite shortage of backpackers and the charisma that [...]
It's hard not to get excited about the Toowoomba-Wellcamp region. With the Darling Downs food bowl to the east and the Surat Basin energy sector to the west. In 2025 one of the largest ever infrastructure projects is coming right into Wellcamp. The inland rail will be delivering freight in an out of Toowoomba from Melbourne and Sydney [...]
With one of Australia’s largest bulk ports and a thriving international airport, Newcastle is also serviced by a rail and road infrastructure with direct links to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the surrounding giant Hunter Valley agricultural and mining regions. This magic combination of air, rail, road, and sea facilities is rare both nationally and internationally. So rare, in fact, [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner 20/06/2020 Box Commercial's investor groups have committed to two large single asset wholesale-investment syndicates. An the unvestor's quick response meant that the syndicate was oversubscribed within days of its opening The first property, a giant 9029 sqm cold room storage & distribution facility in Yatala Queensland was leased for 11 years to a meat wholesaler & distributor. The [...]
Morayfield, a fast-growing suburb 44 kilometres north of Brisbane, has been chosen as the site of Queensland’s newest Taco Bell. The restaurant was pre-leased in a new highway service centre at 182-190 Morayfield Rd.OOoriginally the owner decided to sell this fantastic, high-profile 6500 sqm site, and instructed us to take the property to market with 3 existing tenancies [...]
Our investors have pretty straight forward goals. They want investments which produces a stable monthly income and have capital security. Our clients have gone along way to answering that with a lease to the Queensland government for this modern office warehouse facility 21-31 Markwell Place Mount St John (Townsville) The property is leased to the state government of [...]
By Robert, Stanley-Turner 15/05/2020 Well, according the the AFR on May 15, the Abacus buy up of shares is back on again! If this results in a controlling interest, I don't see it as a good thing for our independent self storage owner clients. Abacus have built up a 7% shareholding in National, taking advantage of a substantially reduced share [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner 05/05/2020 I've noticed a trend over the last year of large property owners--including the big Self-Storage companies--investing in roof-top solar panels. It got me thinking...could the real estate on your roof be an underrated or overlooked part of your facility? So I decided to have a chat with my friend, the media personality, sustainable [...]
By Robert Stanley-Turner 27/04/2020 Self-storage businesses are stable, passive and in demand. The self-storage industry has grown from a cottage industry in the 1980s, where families would build and manage an independent facility, to a billion-dollar industry increasingly dominated by large companies that manage and own facilities. There are around 1000 self-storage facilities Australia-wide. There are two components [...]
I’m writing this in early April 2020, and right now, we’re all spending more and more time at home. This has meant changes for all of us. It’s also changed the way people transact their everyday purchases. With google only 1 meter away, we are moving towards a self-serving society. No wonder we are resistant to making a [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Fast food & petrol retailers are wanting highway-fronting sites for their businesses. The one ingredient they all need is highway fronting sites, all over Australia. This factor made me think, that you may have a site which I could offer to them. Operators like these are wanting sites like this one in Milton all over [...]
By Robert Stanley-Turner 15/01/2020 Happy New Year! January is the perfect time to sit back, start afresh and re-evaluate your investment goals. Over the last few years, we’ve all been challenged by a lack of attractive investment options as returns have followed interest rates down. (OK, perhaps we’ve been a little bit spoiled by the glory days of [...]
By Robert Stanley-Turner A Mulgrave property investment purchased in 2017 has recently sold for $27.82M on behalf of its syndicate investors. Throughout the term of the investment, investors received around 8% per annum and ultimately $1.20 returned for each $1 they invested. Investors were able to participate in the syndicate from $50,000. The property was purchased in June 2017 for [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Airport Storage & Parking in Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast sold in December 2017. Back in early 2017 when I first spoke with the owners, we discussed my recommendations as to sale format, optimal timing, finding the likely buyers and the best price strategy. We explored valuation concerns, the maturity of the complex and potential for development, [...]
By Robert Stanley-Turner.I’ve been selling Self-Storage facilities since 1996. That’s 23 years (OMG), and over that time I’ve seen the industry go from strength to strength, increasing in professionalism and facility size in order to respond to our population growth and shift to apartment living. I’ve marketed and inspected scores of facilities, here in Australia and overseas… …and I’ve never [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: I was so shocked I spilt my coffee. This is huge news: Abacus has taken a stake in National Self Storage. This has the potential to fundamentally change the self-storage market in Australia. Abacus Property Group and National Self Storage are two of the Big Four self-storage players. If this shareholding is a step towards Abacus attempting [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: And in further investigation of Highway service centres, there is this one, the best yet, called “Gloucester Services”. Built 5 years ago with agreement from UK main roads after the announcement of a landowners farmland being resumed, 3 innovative farmers assembled this service centre which offers only local produce. Wow!
By Rob Stanley-Turner: June 2018: Investment property search: Undertaking Road trip in search of new investment property. We are searching for Self Storage, pubs and clubs, hotels and other quality income producing investment property suitable for us to assemble a group of investors to purchase and hold. Also we are also looking for high profile sites to suit many retailers [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Aldi is now well entrenched into large-format home centres. I know in Australia, putting supermarkets into Home centres was specifically restricted for many years, due mainly to the fact of the additional load it would put on carparks.
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Here the largest UK Self Storage operator, Safestore and there largest stand-alone facility of around 9000 sqm and 1000 units. A most impressive facility. Safestore has 146 stores including 120 self-storage centres in the UK and a further 26 stores in the Paris region. Safestore was founded in the UK in 1998. It acquired the French business [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Without a doubt, the most impressive SS facility in the UK is this one in Chiswick, in London's west. This property is 7 levels and sits alongside numerous newish office buildings. Perhaps conveying the direction of Self Storage.
By Rob Stanley-Turner: 'Welcome Break' has this awesome service centre concept where this upside down U shaped building developed over the freeway with parking & hardstand on each site, offer motorists a fab place for a break and convenience retail range. The total size I would say would be around 3500m2 . It must work as its tenanted by some [...]
By Rob Stanley-Turner: Costa coffee is just everywhere here in fact they have over 3400 outlets. Not only have they stores but they also have instant pods in servos. They are owned by huge multinational Whitbread Plc. Whitbread are the UK’s largest operator of hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, with some of the UK’s most successful hospitality brands including Premier [...]