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Self Storage Facility Puts a Little Heart into its Work

by John Stevens June 14, 2011 12:09 PM
A California self storage facility has combined customer appreciation with a charity donation and added a special surprise for one lucky customer as well. Storage Express, a state of the art self storage facility in Lancaster, Calif., will be hosting a “Super Sale” yard sale on July 9th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Bureau. [More]

Self Storage Industry Continues to See International Growth

by Winnie Hsiu June 13, 2011 6:42 PM
The self storage industry within the United States has experienced an upswing in recent years to the point where there are now approximately 46,000 self storage facilities across the nation with at least one primary facility in over 80 percent of the counties in the country. It now seems that the rest of the world is starting to see the benefits of self storage facilities as well. [More]

Home Improvement Trends on the Uptick Causing Increased Need For Self Storage

by John Stevens June 13, 2011 7:17 AM
According to a recent survey of 53 industry experts, home improvement trends for 2011 point to staying put, making small changes and creating comfortable, natural and uncluttered living spaces. Due to the housing market, homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes and invest in updates rather than upgrading by moving. Self storage is reaping the benefits of increased home renovations, as people find the need for additional storage space for furniture and other belongings in rooms being updated. [More]

Self Storage Thrives During Good and Bad Times

by Tony Gonzalez June 10, 2011 2:11 PM
There are some aspects of the economy that tend to do well during prosperous economic times. Other segments tend to do better during not so prosperous economic times. There are a select few that can honestly say that they do well no matter what the economic climate is. [More]

Extra Space Storage Busy Celebrating Opening of New Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens June 10, 2011 11:43 AM
Extra Space Storage celebrates the opening of two new facilities this month, spanning the country. Yesterday, the company held its grand opening for its Carson, Calif., facility and tomorrow, June 11, it will be celebrating the opening of a new facility in Miami, Fla. [More]

Culture, Cuisine, and Storage in San Jose

by Tony Gonzalez June 9, 2011 7:49 PM
Located at the corner of North 10th and Taylor Street in beautiful San Jose, Elke McKeown's Extra Space Storage Facility is a vital member of a flourishing urban community. [More]

Canadian Self Storage Helps Locals Enjoy Favorite Sports

by Kim Kilpatrick June 9, 2011 5:59 PM
When people in the United States think about their brethren north of the Canadian border, there are a few things that typically (all be it stereotypically) come to mind: a certain kind of bacon, ice hockey, ice skating, and curling. Three out of the four (and I don’t mean the bacon) all require one thing—ice. [More]

Self Storage Ranks as Ruler of the REITs

by John Stevens June 9, 2011 10:14 AM
It is REIT week and self storage investors have a reason to party. The annual meeting, sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), opened in New York on Tuesday just in time for investors to celebrate the strong performance that the U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry has posted so far this year. And self storage is leading the pack. Nearly all major property types posted double-digit gains, but self storage companies outshined with an 18.4 percent return. In the last 12 months, self storage REITs returned 29 percent. [More]

Special Events Help Self Storage Help You

by Holly Robinson June 8, 2011 5:22 PM
In the dog eat dog world of business it can be hard to stand out over ones competitors, especially in an industry like self storage where the product that everyone provides is essentially the same—space. Yet just like in every other business in the world, the self storage industry can be just as cutthroat as the next one. After all, everyone is in business to make money and if the other guy is making it that means that you are not. [More]

Self Storage Business Booming for Extra Space Storage in Singapore

by John Stevens June 8, 2011 7:59 AM
Since Singapore’s Extra Space Storage opened in 2007, it has reflected a phenomenal leap in business of almost 13 times from its $4.8 million value when it first opened self storage facilities on the island nation. In the fiscal year 2010, total company assets were worth $62 million. Extra Space keeps an edge over its competitors because it puts an emphasis on service, offering customers highly personalized treatment. [More]
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