We opened our first store in May 1999, listed on AIM in May 2000 are moved to the full list on the London Stock Exchange in 2002. We are a constituent member of the FTSE250.
Big Yellow is the leading self storage group in the UK. We have pioneered the development of the latest generation of self storage facilities, which use state of the art technology and are located in high profile, convenient, main road locations.
Our expansion has been organic and we now have 73 purpose built self storage centres. We have developed a strong presence across the UK, with a focus on London and the South, and other large metropolitan cities.
As part of our strategy to dominate our local markets our stores tend to be much larger than our competitors. Our average store size is over 60,000 square feet net lettable area and our largest stores at Staples Corner, Fulham and Bow are over 100,000 square feet. The average size of UK self storage centres is approximately 43,000 square feet.
The key milestones have been as follows: