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Two Key Players in State-Purchased Self Storage Business in Idaho Reverse Stance

by John Stevens July 12, 2011 8:15 AM
The government purchase of Affordable Self-Storage in Boise, Idaho, last year has always been a controversial one, especially with self storage operators and local business owners who cried foul, accusing Idaho of competing unfairly with the private sector. Now two key players in the purchase – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna - say they made a mistake when they voted to spend $2.7 million to buy the storage business and use the revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and other state institutions. [More]

Self Storage Facility Helps Take Care of Two of America's Biggest Problems

by Holly Robinson July 11, 2011 5:55 PM
Ask anyone outside of the United States what two characteristics do they thing define many Americans and they’ll likely say that we have too much stuff and we are overweight. Being the consumer nation that we are, the ‘too much stuff’ is true for many people. Turn on a news cast and you hardly go a day without hearing about the obesity ‘epidemic’ either. [More]

Extra Space Storage CEO Weighs in on Self Storage Strength

by John Stevens July 11, 2011 5:15 PM
Self storage is rocking the REIT world, and according to Spencer Kirk, chairman and CEO of Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) there are many reasons to celebrate. Revenues in the sector are up, expenses are down, net operating income (NOI) is up and occupancy rates continue to climb. [More]

Self Storage Continues to prove to be a Smart Investment

by John Stevens July 8, 2011 1:49 PM
Forrest Gump was a great movie with a lot of scenes that will forever be considered iconic to the movie industry. Tom Hanks’s character appeared to be one of the luckiest individuals on the face of the planet with all the things that happened to him. His investment in that company with the fruit logo (Apple Computers) was a perfect example. [More]

OpenTech Enhances Its INSOMNIAC Kiosks For Self Storage Operators

by John Stevens July 8, 2011 10:41 AM
Customers are always interested in a convenient and easy transaction. And in this fast-paced, tech-savvy world, self-storage kiosks are the answer to many customer needs, including online reservations and rentals. Phoenix-based OpenTech Alliance Inc., developer of the INSOMNIAC line of self-storage kiosks, has just released the latest version of its kiosk software (v1.5.215), which includes two enhancements: reservation completion and coupon acceptance. [More]

First Impressions Bring Results at Country Club Hills

by Tony Gonzalez July 8, 2011 10:39 AM
Located in the Country Club Hills suburb of Chicago, Deanse Brown's Extra Space Storage facility is one of the top locations in the Extra Space family. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by John Stevens July 7, 2011 7:46 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day
working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will
help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by Kim Kilpatrick July 7, 2011 5:42 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by Kim Kilpatrick July 7, 2011 5:42 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

Manager of Hawaiian Self Storage Facility Creates Website to Inform Industry and Public About Auctions

by John Stevens July 7, 2011 4:31 PM
Zack Proser, a facility manager with Storage Kings self storage in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii started getting calls from non-customers shortly after the reality series “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters” took off in popularity last fall. They all wanted to know when the next auction was scheduled for. [More]
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