18 February 2022 – 

Plans include extensive refurbishment and modernization, to provide state-of-the-art, self storage units for local business and domestic use, as well as a high quality office and co-working space.


Computer Generated Image Of Darlington Site

The Store Room’s planned refurbishment of the existing Poundstretcher building on Whessoe Road (Darlington) is due to be completed during the summer of 2022, and will not only meet the growing demand for self-storage, but will also offer flexible co-working solutions to support the local business community.


The plans will retain the existing building structure, while giving it a new lease of life with a much improved and more modern aesthetic.


As part of their expansion program, The Store Room has published an environmental policy which sets out targets and initiatives designed to achieve net zero. These include; sustainable construction, solar power capture, proximity-activated LED lighting, creating areas of biodiversity, use of recycled materials, rainwater harvesting, paperless operations, and electric car charging points.


Once completed, the facility will provide secure, bright, and contemporary self storage units ranging from 15 sq ft to 200 sq ft in size. The Store Room will also provide flexible coworking and office space, under their innovative ‘The Office Space’ brand, and through a nationwide collaboration with DHL, the Store Room is also able to provide access to “Pick-up and Drop-off” distribution services for clients and the local community. In combination, these services are designed to support the needs of local start-up businesses and established firms alike, as well as the growing number of workers looking for alternative workspace solutions.


Based on independent research data, it is clear that demand for self-storage is growing from both business and domestic users. For commercial customers self-storage is particularly attractive as space is rented on a flexible and cost-effective basis with no long-term commitment required. For domestic customers self-storage can be an invaluable tool to help navigate important life events; such as moving house, redecorating, decluttering, downsizing and accommodating a growing family.


The Store Room will directly create three new full-time employment positions. Moreover, through the combination of services including storage, flexible work space and distribution they will indirectly contribute to the local economy through the support they provide with their services, which are specifically tailored to help local enterprises grow.


The Store Room always aims to be a positive contributor to local communities and do so through active engagement with local charities and organisations. As an example, The Store Room facilities in Preston and Leeds support the Cash for Kids charity by donating significant storage space and providing logistical support. In fact, during the annual Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign The Store Room’s facilities become ‘Mission HQ’ for the respective appeals.


The Store Room was founded in 2007 and currently operates 6 self-storage facilities located in Leeds, Bradford, Rotherham, Leicester, Salford, and Preston. Darlington is the first new facility to open as part of a significant Nationwide expansion programme.