News release

US investor makes first self-storage acquisition in the UK

JLL advises on sale of the two facilities

August 25, 2020

JLL has advised a private client on the sale of the Secure Store portfolio, which consists of two self storage facilities in Letchworth and Leighton Buzzard with a combined lettable area of 66,000 sq ft. The purchaser, Padlock Capital Partners, is a US investor, and this deal marks its first acquisition in the UK.

Penny Bell, from JLL’s UK alternatives team, said: “Self storage income has remained stable throughout lockdown, highlighting the resilience of the sector, and the appetite from investors for product continues to outstrip supply and create competitive pricing. 

“Padlock Capital Partners, the purchaser, has acquired its first UK self storage portfolio and it’s market entrance and efforts to continue growing a portfolio demonstrate the attractive growth prospects for investors.”

John Stevenson, CEO of Padlock Capital Partners, added: “We are grateful to have worked with JLL on this transaction. Their team’s market expertise proved invaluable for our first UK self storage acquisition. We could not have done it without their capable guidance and 24 hours a day assistance.

“We look forward to working with JLL as we pursue additional self storage properties.”

The stores will be managed by Cinch Storage.

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