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EZ Storage Seeks for Rezoning in Royal Oak, Michigan

by Winnie Hsiu May 24, 2013 2:53 PM
EZ Storage wants to build a new facility in Royal Oak, Michigan. Only there's one slight problem. The piece of property that they are looking at isn't zone to allow a self storage facility there. So, the owners of EZ Storage went to the city's planning commission and asked for it to be changed to conditional zoning. [More]

Self Storage is as American as Apple Pie

by John Stevens May 23, 2013 5:18 PM
Memorial Day is an American holiday where people get an extra day off from work to spend time with friends and family and give thanks to the men and women of the Armed Forces that make it possible for them to do just that. What better time to reflect on an industry that is uniquely American like the self storage industry? [More]

The Busiest Day for the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez May 23, 2013 1:50 PM
The movie industry has the Oscars that they give out at the Academy Awards. Athletes have the Olympics where they earn gold, silver, or bronze medals. Football teams have the Super Bowl where the cream-of-the-crop teams play. Retailers have Black Friday, which is the Friday right after Thanksgiving. Those are big-event days in those arenas. What big event day does the self storage industry have? National Moving Day! [More]

Self Storage Industry Doing Better and Better in the UK

by Kim Kilpatrick May 22, 2013 11:16 PM
The success that the self storage industry has enjoyed in the United States is pretty well known. Over the last few years it has become known as a solid and dependable investment. How can it not be when there are over 50,000 self storage facilities nationwide, right? Countries around the world—like the UK-- are beginning to understand the joy of self storage as well. [More]

Access Self Storage Adds 3 Stories to Their Building

by Holly Robinson May 22, 2013 2:01 PM
What does a company do when it wants to expand but there isn’t any land available that is adjacent to its property? The business expands up. That is what Access Self-Storage in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London is doing. They are adding three floors to the history building where their self storage business is located. [More]

SpareFoot Steps Up to Help Tornado Victims

by Kim Kilpatrick May 21, 2013 7:05 PM
What once were houses are now just piles of shredded and splintered wood. Cars have been flung around like toys. A local hospital is gutted. Two elementary schools damaged.

Random items remained unscathed. A cardboard box of tax returns sits on a pile of wood that used to be a home. An empty water bottle remains untouched in a home that was destroyed. A bathroom was left standing while the rest of the home is gone. [More]

There is a First Time for Everything in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu May 21, 2013 6:57 PM
Everyone has a first time that they will never forget. For many it’s the first time they ever drove a car. Kids will remember the first time they ever had a candy bar. College graduates will never forget their first job or their first car. On a personal level first times can make us exciting, nervous, and sometimes even scared. The same can also be said if you are the first to start up a business—like a self storage facility. [More]

Self Storage Will Take What You Want and Sometimes What You Don’t Want

by John Stevens May 20, 2013 9:26 PM
The business of self storage is pretty straightforward. People have things that they still want to keep, but they don’t have the space at home or at work to keep whatever it is there. As a result, they rent a storage unit and their belongings now have a safe home away from home. [More]

Boxbee Storage is Open for Business

by Tony Gonzalez May 20, 2013 7:15 PM
The boxes are free. Pickup is free. Instead of having a storage unit that is only half full, customers only pay for that space that is needed. That in a nutshell describes Boxbee – a simple urban storage solution. [More]

Self Storage Industry Sees Exercise as More than Just the Battle of the Bulge

by Holly Robinson May 17, 2013 10:13 PM
America is a large nation. Now I’m not talking about in square miles, but at the waistline. The obesity epidemic has all sorts of people encouraging the nation to exercise more from politicians, professional athletes, and other celebrities to reality television shows and corporations—like the self storage industry. [More]
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