Removals and Storage 99
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McCarthy’s – Yorkshire Born and Bred!

Written by on May 4, 2018

Yorkshire Day

Have you heard it’s a big birthday for us this year? We don’t like to go on about it, but we’re FIFTY years old! I know, hard to believe as we don’t look a day over 21…

It was 1968 when Mick McCarthy and his wife Margaret set up a one man, one van removal company from a small terraced house in Leeds on Lomond Place. As far as we’re concerned that house should now have one of those ‘Place of Historic Importance’ blue plaques on it!

The company soon got a reputation for delivering a great service, and it grew quite quickly, meaning it needed more suitable premises, which came in the form of Newton House in Spencer Place (which – here’s a bit of Leeds’ trivia for you – was also the last long distance lorry drivers’ hotel in Leeds.)

Through the 70s Mick and his team worked their socks off, based in Leeds but travelling all over the country. One regular job was transporting props and scenery for theatre companies on a Saturday night! One not so regular job was transporting dolphins to Flamingo Land. Yes, really.

(That was also around the time we discovered a customer kept a fully grown pet lion in their garden too – it’s amazing what you see working in removals!)

The 80s saw us move to our current base on Meanwood Road – a purpose built building and yard for the growing team and fleet. It looked a bit different to today though!

Yorkshire has always been our home, and always will be. There was actually a funny story in the 80s of a woman we moved down to Brighton (250 miles) – got there and decided she didn’t like it. Of course, we brought her back home – who could blame her for missing God’s Own County?!

In 2001 Mick and Margaret’s son Mike started at the company (although, to be fair, he’d worked there every school holiday and weekend as soon as he was able – he’d lugged his fair share of boxes learning the family trade!)

It wasn’t long before Mike spotted opportunities in complementary services that customers were asking for. Hence, in 2005, the first McCarthy’s Storage World opened in Leeds, along with our document management service. But we didn’t want to be selfish and felt we should spread the McCarthy’s love further round Yorkshire, so it was followed by self storage facilities in Harrogate in 2012 (which have recently doubled in size, and had a stunning – if we do say so ourselves – makeover) and Storage World Wakefield in 2015. The rest of Yorkshire – watch out! We’ve already got planning permission in on one new North Yorkshire site (our first new build!) and are in negotiations on a second North Yorkshire site. But shhhhhh – all will be revealed in due course….

Realising people and businesses were storing all kinds of paperwork they no longer needed, but couldn’t just bin, we launched McCarthy’s Safe Shred in 2013. We could either collect paper to bring back to our industrial shredders or even shred in our mobile vans, which travel all round the county. Then of course we also offer our fully serviced offices, meeting rooms and mailbox facilities. We don’t like to be bored round here!

So, we like to think we provide a lot of useful services to individuals and organisations in the Yorkshire area. And for our 50th birthday, we really wanted to give back to the region, towns and cities which have been our home. We’re sponsoring the Ilkley Carnival and Kirkstall Festivals, we’re looking at sports teams we can support, we’re running our 50 good deeds campaign – so why not get in touch? We’re always looking for extra ways to say happy birthday to us, by getting involved!


Great service from start to finish. From signing up to the refund of the deposit at the end. We will certainly recommend and use again if needed. The offer we got initially was great and when we cancelled as we no longer needed it, we were offered a little more time too. very good indeed.

5 Stars

Great service from the storage department. Helped me find the right unit and it was a smooth transaction. Would recommend them highly

5 Stars

Would have liked more information in print regarding the actual pricing structure particularly all the 'added' extras - insurance, cleaning, deposit, padlock - rather than just the price quoted on-line! Also details regarding access times - as there seems to be an additional charge for longer / 24-hour access, only standard office opening hours covered by the charge.

Staff very pleasant and helpful!

4 Stars
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Contact Us


The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000
Email Leeds removals

Storage: 0113 26 26 500
Email Leeds storage

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000
Email Harrogate

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555
Email Wakefield

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


    McCarthy's Storage World
    Phoenix Retail Park
    Leeds Road
    West Yorkshire
    HD1 6NE

    Removals & Storage
    01484 799 599
    Email Huddersfield

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 15.00


    McCarthy's Storage World
    Water lane
    YO30 6PQ

    Removals & Storage:
    01904 238 333

    Van Hire: 01904 238 333
    Email York

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Sunday: 09:00 to 14:00