StoreWest Dufferin LP – Spring 2020 Update

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Despite our next scheduled update not being until July, the General Partners (GP) of StoreWest Dufferin LP felt it was important to communicate with everyone considering the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. We will cover off both segments of the business in order.

 

Great White Car & Truck Wash

This business is currently open and operational. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made adjustments on an operational basis to ensure we are adhering to current and evolving provincial guidelines. First, effective March 30, we have adjusted our hours of business to 8AM to 8PM in order to provide more flexibility for our employees in these extraordinary times. The safety of our employees and customers is the top priority. This adjusment has allowed employees to more easily arrange transportation and childcare for their families, while allowing us to stay open and maintain a properly staffed work environment. This change was implemented only after considerable review of operational data and analysis of the highest income-generating hours.

At Great White Car and Truck Wash, we have been blessed with a very dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us since we opened. While the car wash is considered a low risk environment with respect to the virus, their loyalty and reliability has been exceptional. To offset the overall reduction of working hours available to our employees, we have implemented a temporary $2.00/hour raise. We want to ensure that the efforts of our staff during this difficult time are being recognized and appreciated, and we anticipate that these changes will help them weather the challenges of the situation.

As we analyze government protocols and newly implemented rules, our partners have taken the firm stance that we are presently classified as an essential service. Car washes have generally fallen into this classification and our truck wash with 90+ fleets under contract only strengthens this point. Great White is currently providing needed cleaning and washing services to a wide variety of essential companies including food transportation companies, towing companies, utility companies and Alberta Health Services. We will continue to monitor the situation, and, should this categorization change, we will inform all stakeholders of the same. Otherwise we will continue to operate the wash and keep our staff employed.

StoreWest Chestermere Self-Storage LP

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2019 Winter Update

 

We’re pleased to report that this project has been going very well. The RV and boat storage portion of the business is now at 80% occupancy and the existing storage facility is at 40% occupancy and strongly trending in the right direction. Management went through a process this summer to better understand if expanding the storage facility would add value to the project. As a result of their findings, the decision has been made to significantly expand the facility in 2020. At current levels, the facility is profitable and the future looks exciting. Management has been approached by several groups interested in purchasing the property. The interest has been significant enough that they are planning to officially market the property in Q1 2020 and solicit offers.
We currently have the investment on your accounts valued at book value. It is safe to say that this understates the value of your investment.

Additional details are included in the below update from Management.

Chestermere 2019 H2 Update

StoreWest Dufferin LP Update

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We have been very encouraged by the operating results from the newly opened car/truck wash. The business model is very stable with the majority of revenue coming from car wash monthly memberships (currently over 500 with a goal to get to 1,500-2,000); and fleet contracts for trucks (currently 40 fleet contracts and the demand has been so high that they have to be very selective not to overload the system). The car and truck wash is looking like it is going to be very successful. On this site, we also have a self-storage facility that is under construction. They plan to be open for business in 2020. This site is going to be marketed, along with their Chestermere project, as there has been strong interest in purchasing the property even prior to construction being completed. There is currently a lot of money in Canada being invested in self storage, therefore we could end up selling the storage business in 2020. This would result in large distributions to unitholders while still having a profitable car/truck wash paying healthy dividends to shareholders.

Please click below to view Management’s Report
Dufferin 2019 H2 Update