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Old Dallas Walmart Becomes New Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens June 21, 2010 4:29 PM
Four Dallas-area residents, tired of looking at an empty Walmart building that has stood empty for six years, have decided to buy Walmart’s old retail building and convert it into a self storage facility. The Walmart will be turned into a Just Store It. The interior demolition work is already finished, and work on the interior renovations began today. The development is the brainchild of developer Brad Tidwell of Dallas, who looked at the old Walmart building and saw a conversion deal.

“Every time I see a new idea,” Tidwell explained in the Sunday Longview News-Journal, “my first thought is, ‘will this work in Longview?’” [More]

FL Self Storage Operations Director Promoted to U.S. Navy Commander

by Kim Kilpatrick June 21, 2010 4:12 PM
A Florida self storage operations director who also serves in the U.S. Navy reserves has received a promotion to commander in his reserve. Paul Feikema, the operations director for Hide-Away Storage of southwest Florida, is a veteran who has spent a total of 17 years in the Navy. Some of his years have been spent on active duty and others on reserve duty. Feikema was promoted by Captain Lewis Harrison, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Deputy Engineer, at CENTCOM Headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The promotion was effective as of June 1. [More]

Connecticut Affordable Housing Project Includes Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu June 18, 2010 10:48 PM
Fairfield County, Connecticut is experimenting with a new model for low income housing -- a housing development designed to appeal to professionals, with a fitness center and self storage facility on the premises. The new affordable housing development, called 80 Fair Street, opened this year in Norwalk. The self storage facility, United Storage Norwalk, donates all of its profits to charity. For example, this weekend, in one of its first events, United Storage Norwalk will host a flea market, to be held on Saturday from 11 to 4, and Sunday from 11 to 2. All the flea market profits will be donated to the Norwalk Emergency Shelter and the Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund. [More]

Inspired by World Cup, Self Storage Companies Support Youth Soccer

by Holly Robinson June 18, 2010 8:10 PM
Inspired by the World Cup, some self storage companies are making a special effort to support youth soccer teams. Some companies have offered monetary donations or donated self storage space to children’s teams, while others have collected donations to be sent overseas. [More]

Hold Off on Salvaging and Storing Belongings from Homes Destroyed by MN Tornadoes

by Tony Gonzalez June 18, 2010 7:59 PM
Minnesota residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by yesterday’s tornadoes may be eager to start the process of cleaning up, repairing, rebuilding, or in some cases, starting over. Some might like to go through their homes in order to salvage and store whatever possessions they can in self storage facilities, hopefully before tornado-damaged roofs begin to leak and water damage sets in. But officials say that it is not safe to begin the cleanup and recovery process yet. [More]

New Jersey Self Storage Facility Goes Green with Solar Energy

by John Stevens June 17, 2010 1:40 AM
Access Self Storage announced today that it will install solar electric systems at its self storage facilities in Bernardsville, Clark, Franklin Lakes, Kenilworth, Oakland, and Woodbridge, New Jersey. Each facility will receive solar panels that can convert energy from the sun into electricity (photovoltaic panels). (Access Self Storage also has facilities in New York.) Access will begin installing the new solar power systems this summer, and expects them to be ready for use by the end of 2010. [More]

Nevada Veterans to Benefit from Vietnam Veterans Sale at Mesquite Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick June 16, 2010 12:48 PM
The Vietnam Veterans of Mesquite, Nevada are holding a garage sale this Saturday to benefit the Mesquite Veterans Center. The sale, which will be held June 19 from 8 a.m. until noon, will take place at Mesquite Self Storage. The sale will include typical garage-sale items, such as kitchenware, appliances, televisions, electronic equipment, furniture, and housewares. The Mesquite Veterans Center, at the moment, is an organization without a home -- the proceeds from the garage sale will help to finance the construction of the center. It will be built on Hafen Lane in Mesquite.

The Mesquite, Nevada area is home to veterans from several wars and combat operations, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. [More]

Movers, Stay Off Oklahoma and North Texas Roads: State of Emergency Declared

by Winnie Hsiu June 15, 2010 2:55 PM
Middle of the month movers in Oklahoma and parts of North Texas had to postpone their plans today, like everyone else, as flash floods deluged the area. In less than 12 hours on Monday, 10 inches of rain fell, and between two and four more inches were expected during the night. According to the National Weather Service, Oklahoma City usually gets only four inches of rain during the entire month of June. Early this morning, Lt. Governor Jari Askins of Oklahoma declared a state of emergency. [More]

Maine Voters Refuse to Lower Income Tax by Expanding Sales Tax to Include Services Such as Self Storage

by Holly Robinson June 10, 2010 4:17 PM
Although observers say that the people of Maine are in favor of tax reform generally, on Tuesday Maine’s voters rejected tax reform legislation for the fifth time in six years. In a 61 to 39 percent vote, Maine residents rejected a state tax package that would have lowered income taxes while broadening sales taxes to cover dozens of items, including self storage, that were not previously taxed. (The vote will not affect federal income taxes, only Maine’s state income tax and sales tax.) [More]

Getting Faster, Fresher Search Results from a Google Search? Caffeine is the Culprit

by Tony Gonzalez June 10, 2010 12:11 PM
Google announced this afternoon that its new web indexing system, Caffeine, has been live for several days now, and should be providing at least 50 percent fresher web search results than its old indexing system. Previously, there was sometimes a fairly long delay between posting a website update and having it appear in search results on Google. For self storage companies and other small businesses, this means that updates to websites or to blog entries should appear in Google search results much more quickly than they did before.

For self storage companies and their prospective tenants, this could be important news. According to Michael Schulman of, who presented at the Massachusetts Self Storage Association’s Northeast 2010 Trade Show, there are 823,000 web searches for “self storage” every month. According to an article by Chuck Gordon, the CEO and cofounder of online self storage marketplace, in last November’s Inside Self-Storage, some self storage companies say that they get as many as 50 percent of their new tenants online. [More]
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