By Rob Stanley-Turner 20/06/2020 Box Commercial's investor groups have committed to two large single asset wholesale-investment syndicates. 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 tenant, Queensland owned & operated has local customers including military, jails, mining companies along with their export [...]
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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 energy consultant [...]
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 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 to a [...]
By Robert Stanley-Turner April 30, 2020 Box Commercial have recently finalised the leasing of the new Morayfield Service Centre. We originally offered the property for sale with a view to selling to a Storage operator. But that's now how things worked out.! Instead, now the new development will feature a big-branded service station (United ) and Taco Bells with drive-through [...]
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 Australia. All [...]
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 high interest [...]
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 November 2019 Arrangements are underway to offer for sale in mid 2020, Stor-it Ballarat. The facility is currently under construction and its expected final completion is early 2020. As Ballarat continues to boom, Stor-it is quietly filling up. Whilst the property will be constructed to stage one containing around 400 units, the facility has been designed to [...]
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 Storageone Rockhampton sold in October 2018 The result was the culmination of a campaign which saw more than 50 interested buyers and 4 offers competing for this fabulous property. The awesome vendors put their trust in us and I am absolutely thrilled for them. When the owners of Storageone Rockhampton asked me in, I found an interesting [...]
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 [...]