Stor-Age contributes to Johannesburg’s inner city renewal

Over the past few years, Johannesburg inner city has gradually changed from a grimy, unsafe place filled with dilapidated buildings to one that is drawing business and residents back.

Following the urban renewal progress in Johannesburg City Centre, Stor-Age JHB City has made its mark on Rosettenville Road in the heart of the CBD.

Although congestion and the increase in crime in the city during the 1990s saw many businesses vacate to safer areas, previous years has seen a reversal of this trend. Through public and private investments, tightening of security measures, controlled traffic flows, and an overall aesthetic improvement the CBD has become a hub for business once again.

One such business new to JHB City is leading self-storage company Stor-Age. The store, located just off the M2, opened towards the end of last year and has made its mark with its modern and bold red facade, an aesthetic leap from the dilapidated manufacturing plant which stood before it. The conversion of the site took place in 2011 and opened its doors to the public at the end of October.

The 11,000 square meter store is one of the largest in the Stor-Age fold, with six floors and over 600 self-storage units ranging from ‘3 to 30 square meters.
“Stor-Age is pleased to have a foothold in Gauteng, and particularly in the City Centre at this significant time”, Gavin Lucas CEO at Stor-Age. “Stor-Age JHB City has seen a significant influx of customers not only from surrounding residential areas such as Parktown, Westcliff, Houghton and Soweto but from residents and commercial firms in the CBD itself, suggesting business in the city is thriving”.

Users include Ster Kinekor, NEHAWU (National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union), and a few other larger promotional companies, all of whom benefit from the easy access as well as the high security measures in place.

According to an Urban Studies report, JHB City Centre currently consists of approximately 200,000 permanent residents, and sees an influx of around 500,000 to 600,000 visitors per day. With office space around 2 millions square meters it also remains the largest office space in greater Johannesburg.


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