First MyStore Self Storage complex opens in Oxfordshire
The sun shone brightly on 16 September for the grand opening of MyStore, Oxfordshire’s newest self storage facility. Former prime minister and local MP David Cameron cut the ribbon to open the 350 room complex on Witney’s Book End industrial estate on one of his last days of constituency business.
MyStore was the vision of life-long friends Charlie Schmidt and Tom Skelton – who own local removals company House & Carriage. Witney and the nearby towns of Carterton, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Eynsham, did not have a large scale self storage complex and given the region’s wealthy demographic, and population of around 100,000, Charlie and Tom were convinced there was an opportunity.
To help finance the ambitious plan Tom and Charlie brought in another local friend Jim Clemence. Finding no existing buildings suitable for redevelopment they decided to look to build a bespoke facility. Finding a site wasn’t easy, but 18 months ago a vacant plot on the Book End industrial estate was secured and the planning and construction commenced in earnest.
“I am thrilled to say that after all the hard work we have put into this project we are now seeing results. In providing a much needed facility for the community we are not only helping local residents, we are also assisting the growth of local businesses. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved,” said Charlie.
Business partners Charlie, Tom and Jim are now looking for further self storage development opportunities in the wider area.