Kennards Self Storage News & Updates

Category archive: Centre Expansions and Upgrades

Micro Business Spaces Now Available For Budding Wellington Entrepreneurs

Kennards Self Storage WellingtonKennards Self Storage has expanded its very popular business storage solution known as Enterprise Spaces at its Wellington storage centre.

The spaces are very popular for new, emerging and micro businesses due to the low entry cost and amazing flexibility. In contrast to typical commercial leases Kennards do not impose personal guarantees, onerous lease term or security bonds. In addition, there are no legal fees.

The low start-up cost means businesses can start operating without dead weight cost of leasing.

Further, as there is no fixed lease it means that customers can upsize, downsize or vacate without notice and without penalty. This means the business rental costs can fluctuate according demand or season.

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Did you say more space!

Kennards Self Storage Wellington1To the outside eye, you could be forgiven to not realise that Kennards Self Storage Wellington actually consists of three building connected together. Together they make an impressive presence fronting on to Hutt Road – the main arterial road into Wellington CBD. Our branding of orange and blue colours stand out in the landscape as you fly in over Wellington.

Centre presentation is very important to us at Kennards. We have commenced remedial work on the vacant 3rd building at the site to improve the earthquake strengthening of the building, which will enable the fit out of more units, including ground floor Enterprise Space units accessible direct from Hutt Road, along with covered ramp access to the 5th floor via the rear access lane behind the site.

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Kennards Self Storage in Wellington to Add 150 New Spaces

Kennards Self Storage Wellington 29.8.14After acquiring the former Storage King in Hutt Road Thorndon, Kennards have invested to rectify deficiencies in the building and alter the mix of sizes available to better suit customer requirements.

Inexperience of previous owners had meant the storage centre suffered poor unit mix and had failed to comply with construction requirements.

The changes implemented by Kennards have proven successful resulting in a significant lift in customer numbers. Kennards have now also finalised approvals to expand the storage centre. The final build-out stage involves fitting out vacant areas and adding new floors.

There will be 150 new spaces including 18 mini warehouses.

Significantly, the investment will further improve the NBS rating of the entire building.

In addition, customer access will be greatly improved, providing additional access areas.

Kennards have also introduced Wine Storage at the Wellington centre with its unique range of private climate controlled cellars.

Once complete, Kennards Self Storage Wellington will have over 1,100 storage spaces and be the largest in the New Zealand’s capital.

Mt Eden Site Expands With Basement Conversion

Mt Eden Basement 1I am pleased to advise that we have recently completed our basement conversion to provide a new floor of storage units at our Kennards Mt Eden site.

In the 2nd half of 2014, the occupancy of the centre was reaching maximum capacity and with continued steady demand from new customers, we made the decision to convert the basement parking area into more storage units. The completion of the basement floor sees the Mt Eden centre comprise of five levels of storage with over 870 units ranging in size from 1 x 1 x 1 metre right up to a 72 square metre Enterprise Space.

With new increased demand from commercial customers for flexible larger spaces, we designed the layout with larger unit sizes in the 18-36 square metre range, with internal walls that are not load supporting, so we can remove them and expand units sizes. The added convenience of lighting and power can be made available to use in the storage units.

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Kennards Take Over Management of AllStorage Cardiff and Mayfield

Kennards Self StorageKennards will assume management of two additional storage Centres in the Newcastle area. Currently operating as “AllStorage” and located in Cardiff and Mayfield, they will be rebranded and upgraded to Kennards standards.

The properties are owned by the Baudinet family and the two groups had previous dealings in 2011 when Kennards acquired the Baudinet’s small storage centre at Belmont.

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Little Improvements Make a Big Difference to the Storage Experience

Kennards Self Storage Petersham, before & after

Kennards Self Storage Petersham, before & after

It’s a little known fact but when Jim Miller approached council in 1980 to fit out the old brewery on Taverners Hill at 606 Parramatta Road Petersham – very few people understood how to build self storage in Australia.

As a result rather than the light, airy, colour bond and roller doors customers are used to these days, this site was built with brick fire corridors, solid wooden doors and dark, low ceilings – quite foreboding indeed!

After acquiring the property through the Millers buyout in 2004, Kennards Self Storage commenced a steady upgrade program.

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Two New Wine Cellar Facilities Under Construction in Brisbane

wine-cellaringKennards Wine Storage has commenced work on 2 new wine cellaring facilities in the Brisbane area.

Having identified some market gaps Kennards is leveraging its footprints of locations to satisfy new residential and commercial areas.

The wine cellars are equipped with climate control systems to ensure optimum conditions for cellaring wine. Temperature is maintained with stability at approximately 14 degrees.

In addition, each facility structure will be heavily insulated.

Wine enthusiasts and collectors can start with small cellars of just 6 cases, and then grow into larger cellars over time. The largest cellars accommodate hundreds of cases.

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Wi Fi Enabled Kennards Centres Grows to 20

Kennards Self Storage has grown its Wi Fi enabled locations to 20 as of April 2010.


The Wi Fi capability offers business storers additional efficiency to operate their business remotely utilising a Kennards Storage Centre as their physical base.


Kennards will fast track locations based on demand. If you wish to have this service added, post a comment here or talk to your centre manager.