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About Safestore

 Self storage is do-it-yourself storage.

Once you’ve hired your storage space from us, you are free to use it more or less as you choose. This means you can transport your possessions to and from the storage space (called a “unit”) whenever you please, and keep them there as long as you need to. All good self storage facilities will be secure, easily accessible, clean and dry, and operated with user-friendly professionalism.

 

How much space do I need...?

This depends on what you want to store. The best way to make a calculation is to pack up everything you intend to store and then measure how much space it takes up. However, if this is impractical then use are Size Estimator to calculate how much space you need or call one of our sales representative for more information.

Company history

We are East West Properties PLC.’s newest business venture. 

Our company history includes a variety of successful businesses from Shipping to TV, Radio, Information Technology, 5 Star Hotels, Warehousing and Property Development. Visit our Company website at www.eastwest.lk for more info.

Past 30 Years, briefly…

The group Started Business in 1975 as East West Enterprises Ltd. and was and was owned and managed by Ex Seafarers. The founding directors is Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya a Marine Engineer who sailed as Chief Engineer on almost all of the ships of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation, previously having sailed with the British Company P&O Stem navigation Company. He later became the Technical Manager of the CSC and the Chief Engineer of the Colombo Dockyard.

The main business was Shipping Agency but soon developed into other areas of activity through appropriately named Companies.

 These were:

  • East West Properties Ltd.
  • East West Haulage Ltd.
  • East West Containers Ltd.
  • East West Clearing and Forwarding Ltd.
  • East West Information Svstems Ltd.
  • Extra Terrestrial Vision Ltd. (ETV)

The group acquired Sri Lanka Shipping Company Ltd. which was Sri Lanka's First Ship owning company which was owned by Freuden berg Group belonging to the Senanayake Family, of Political fame. This company furthered its business in ship owning and was housed in the "Robert Senanayake Building" in Nawam Mawatha Business Complex which was appropriately named after the Founder of the Company after his demise.

The company acquired the Cargo Ship "MV "San George "which was on Charter and renamed it MV "Mahanuwara" -which was the city from which the current Chairman of the Group Company originated. In the field of Marine and Shipping it went in to the Salvage and Towage Business through Offshore Marine Services Ltd. owning the tugs MT"Sigiri" ad "Nilgiri" It went into Bunkering activities through Pioneer Bunker Services Ltd. which owned the tankers MT. "Rangiri" MT"Bunker 1" and MT"Bunker 2" - the 37,000 Dead Weight Ton tanker which remains the largest ship to be owned by a Sri Lankan Company.

The company's activities have always developed and adjusted to the Sri Lanka's changing economic and Political circumstances.

During the economic boom through the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Scheme of the late 1970's and early 1980's East West Haulage Ltd. developed in to the largest Heavy Haulage Company owning the largest fleet and East West Clearing and Forwarding Ltd. the largest in its field of activity. Both these companies underwent a "Management Buy Out" towards the end of that economic cycle.

East West Information Systems (now known as EWIS)

Was setup in the late 1980s and was the first aurthorised IBM dealer in the company and through the 1990s was the largest importer and distributor of computer hardware and peripherals in the country. This company also underwent a "Management Buy Out" and now operates under the brand EWIS. 

Extra Terrestrial Vision Ltd. (ETV I and ETV II)

In 1994 the company launched 2 televisions rebroadcasting Star TV and BBC, this was the first 24 hour channel in the country. This was late sold to E.A.P Edirisinghe Networks.

Nawam Mawatha Business Complex

The company built and owned 5 commercial buildings including the IBM Building in Nawam Mawatha totaling 200,000sqft of commercial office space. These building were last sold to Akbar Brothers and Dilmah in 2004.

Our Leap into Hotels

East West Group bought the controlling interest of the Ceylon Continental hotel in April 2008, the hotel was previously built and managed by the InterContinental Hotel Group. This was Sri Lanka's first 5 star hotel built on 4.5 Acres of prime real estate in the middle of the Colombo's central business district. 

The East West Group managed the hotel for a period of 2 years before selling it in April 2010. The valuation of 250,000USD per key for the 200 room property made it an attractive sale, realizing substantial capital gains in excess of 100%.

Marriott Hotel and Resort, Weligama Bay 

The group’s subsidiary, Weligama Hotel Properties has signed a 25 year Management Agreement with Marriott International and our currently in the construction phase of a 14-storey, 200 key hotel with 100 meters of beach frontage. The Hotel is to be branded under Marriott’s flagship brand, “Marriott Hotels and Resorts.