Kennards expands historic Melbourne holding

Kennards operates from the c1904 ex-Williams Shoe Factory at 202 Langridge Street.

Kennards Self Storage has quietly bought three small warehouses – all up covering 712 square metres – abutting one of its biggest inner city Melbourne complexes, at Abbotsford.

The three Abbotsford properties abut 202 Langridge Street to the north.

The outlay for 18 and 20 Henry Street and 17 Russell is $5.23 million.

The former Kodak headquarters just sold to self storage operator Carl Sachs.

Adding the neighbouring Kennards facility at 202 Langridge St – the c1904 former Williams Shoe Factory – it controls 3445 sqm, zoned Commercial 2.

Stonebridge’s Dylan Kilner, Max Warren and Chao Zhang brokered the off-market deal.

Another inner city self storage deal

Two kilometres north east of Melbourne’s CBD, Abbotsford has recently been a hotspot for self-storage investors.

Last May, Carl Sachs bought the historic ex-Kodak warehouse, also formerly a Carlton & United Breweries headquarters at 2-6 Southampton Street, and neighbouring properties at 27-29 Duke and 36 Bond, all up containing 6058 sqm (story continues below).

The proposed extension of 2-6 Southampton Street, which sold last May.

Spreading 3099 sqm, part of that holding came permit-ready for a 10,404 sqm extension, set to go ahead, accommodating some 1200 storage units.

Rick Jamieson recently bought 112 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford.

Also 11 months ago, Harry the Hirer founder Rick Jamieson acquired the ex-Austral Silk and Cotton Mill warehouse, now a swank office, at 112 Trenerry Crescent, overlooking Dights Falls, from the Zagame family.

Mr Jamieson also recently leased an ESR-owned Laverton North office/warehouse, on 2.6 hectares, so a Richmond site, for years accommodating the self-storage business, can make way for a mixed use project proposed in conjunction with Gurner.

Last month meanwhile, we reported Singapore headquartered StorHub snapped up a two storey property from the Gange family, also to occupy, in Clifton Hill – which neighbours Abbotsford.

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