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SpareFoot Storage Finder Launches New Site for the Military

by Tony Gonzalez March 18, 2014 9:49 PM
SpareFoot Storage Finder operates the largest online marketplace for people looking for self storage across the United States. They just announced that they have launched a new website that will help members of the military find storage. That website is called SpareFoot Military Storage. [More]

Self Storage Market Remains an Active One

by Holly Robinson March 17, 2014 11:50 PM
There are times when a lack of activity is good. It shows that things—whatever they may be—have not gotten worse. You could make an argument that they haven’t gotten better either, but sometimes that’s okay. However, for other things activity is a sign of something being healthy and vibrant. That is exactly how the self storage industry can be described—healthy, vibrant, and active. [More]

Self Storage Auction Yields Human Skull

by Holly Robinson March 17, 2014 7:56 PM
Remember the scene in Hamlet where two gravediggers argue whether or not Ophelia should be buried in a churchyard since her death looks like a suicide? Hamlet comes along and wonders about the skulls that they dig up to make room for a fresh grave. Hamlet then picks up a skull and the gravedigger says that it is the skull of Yorick. Whereupon Hamlet says, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him. Fellow of infinite jest.” The findings in a recent self storage auction in Tennessee reminded me of this scene from this Shakespearean play. [More]

The Silence of the Lambs Self Storage Facility Going Up For Auction

by Kim Kilpatrick March 14, 2014 11:12 PM
Whether it is the big screen or the little one the self storage industry has to be one of the most well represented—yet overlooked--business entities on television or in the movies. Unlike a lot of products that you see in movies the self storage industry actually has a purpose when it appears in a show or program. [More]

Manhattan Mini Storage Offers Help to Survivors of Explosion in Harlem

by Winnie Hsiu March 14, 2014 7:09 PM
Wednesday morning, tenants in a New York Harlem neighborhood complained of smelling gas. The Con Edison utility company immediately sent workers to investigate. They got there too late. Eighteen minutes later, a blast destroyed two five-story East Harlem apartment buildings at Park Avenue and 116th Street. Now, a mountain of ruble sits where once two buildings stood. [More]

Self Storage Companies Join Forces to Form New Management Company

by Winnie Hsiu March 13, 2014 11:19 PM
At just about every stage of the education system there is one thing that every teacher wants to encourage and have students engage in—teamwork. Not on every individual assignment of course (since that would be cheating), but on certain group based tasks. The idea was to combine the separate expertise of individuals in hopes of completing a better final product. [More]

Storage One Asks for Variances So They Can Build

by Tony Gonzalez March 13, 2014 9:04 PM
James Johnson, president of Storage One Self-Storage, wants to build a new facility in Violet Township in Ohio. The local residents have several concerns about the facility. [More]


Self Storage

There is No Detail Too Small in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 12, 2014 11:58 PM
If you ask most large businesses they will probably tell you they wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t so much competition. That way they could relax and not have to try as hard to win your business. Consumers can count themselves lucky that most businesses—self storage and otherwise—do indeed have to work for your business. [More]

SIRVA Acquires SMARTBOX Portable Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick March 12, 2014 8:13 AM
The only thing that stays constant is change. And change is in the air for SMARTBOX Portable Storage. They announced yesterday that SIRVA Worldwide, Inc., acquired the Virginia-based portable moving and storage services company. [More]

Self Storage Demand Should Be on the Rise in the Coming Year But Will the Supply Be Able to Meet It?

by Winnie Hsiu March 11, 2014 11:21 PM
Everyone likes to have enough space for their stuff. That’s essentially the driving force behind the self storage industry. In recent years it has proven to be smart investment, and with the number of household in the United State expected to grow by half a million. That raises a very important question that the industry will need to answer going forward. [More]
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