U-Haul depot coming to former TD call centre east of downtown core

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Goodbye TD Bank, hello U-Haul.

An old TD call centre in London is being converted to a new U-Haul facility for storage and truck rental services.

U-Haul bought the $9.7 million property in July and plans to start renovations in the fall.

"We’re really excited to be there," said David Anstett, president of U-Haul’s Western Ontario division. "I'm just pleased that we were able to find that facility.”

He said its new location, at 745 York St., just east of Adelaide Street, will help meet the growing demand for its services from Londoners in and around the downtown area, such as students and retirees.

“Right now, (customers) have to go all the way out to Clarke Road for a lot of our rental services at our small neighbourhood dealers, but having a facility centralized will help everybody," he said.

The building spans more than 136,000 square feet and sits on 2.3 hectares.

Employees working at the office "were seamlessly transitioned to floors at London City Centre,” a spokesperson for TD Bank said in an email.

The U-Haul facility will feature a security system with individual alarms and climate-control options in each self-storage locker.

For example, “leather items will get more mouldy," Anstett said. "With climate control, that won't happen, and you don't have the dust. It's much cleaner.”

Anstett said the company has been offering some services at the new location since U-Haul bought the building.

"We’re really excited to be here," said Tory Ellis, the store's general manager. "Just being a more central location, I definitely think we're going to be able to help out a lot more families on the west side and north side who are looking for a closer location.”

U-Haul plans to hire between 15 and 20 new workers for the site.

"It's certainly not going to be what the call centre had, but we are going to create jobs in the downtown area that aren't there now," Anstett said.

Renovations for the new facility are set to begin within the next month and finish by winter.

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