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Pandemic drives demand for newly opened York self-storage centre

A York self-storage centre which opened its doors for the first time during the pandemic has revealed business has got off to a booming start.

The purpose-built McCarthy’s Storage World, situated next to Aldi on Water Lane in Clifton Without, opened in July 2020, with 47,000 sq ft of available self-storage space for both business and personal customers.

As well as offering storage space, McCarthy’s is also able to provide trade counter and office space for small businesses. There are a range of office sizes available, ranging from two person to six person facilities, complete with WiFi, power and heating.

Mike McCarthy, managing director of McCarthy’s Storage World, said: “Opening during a pandemic was obviously something we had never planned for – however, we’ve been even busier than we anticipated. Customers have been evenly split between those needing space for business reasons and those needing it for personal reasons.

Because people have been planning house moves and doing DIY, many have required self-storage to create extra space at home. We’ve also had a lot of interest from businesses who are downsizing their office space now people are working remotely, so our workspace and our storage space has been in demand. Even if people can work from home, they’re not keen to start storing stock or office supplies in their spare room.

“Having storage and workspace under one roof, but without the high overheads of a traditional office, can make things much more straightforward and cost effective. Everything’s on one bill, including rates. Businesses right now want flexibility and we’re happy to scale up or down the size of storage units in line with a customer’s needs. We appreciate it can be hard to plan too far ahead at the moment.”

Storage units at the York centre range from 16 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft in size and are accessible only by the key holder. There is free onsite parking and security. For more details visit


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