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From Budding Roses to Self Storage? Absolutely!

by John Stevens April 30, 2014 11:33 PM
For any business to succeed—self storage and otherwise—being it helps to be responsible with finances. Yes, sometime you need to spend, but for the most part if you can save money by doing something than you should do it. One of the most common ways self storage companies save few dollars is by converting existing structures to self storage rather than buy new. [More]

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SpareFoot Creates Storage Industry Disaster Relief Fund

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2014 8:47 PM
Sunday, a rash of tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South. Monday, a fresh flurry of deadly twisters raged though the same region. The extreme weather system also brought severe thunderstorms, hail, and flash floods.

Homes were ripped from their foundations. Vehicles were tossed about like toy Matchbook cars. Residents of Little Rock re-lived a nearly identical experience from the twister in April of 2011 that took almost the exact same route. [More]

Self Storage Industry is All For Keeping it Easy

by Kim Kilpatrick April 29, 2014 11:24 PM
No one likes to work hard if they don’t have to. If doing A, B, and C can get the job done right over doing A, B, C, D, and E people will go with the former rather than the latter. It’s only logical and holds true in the business world—self storage and otherwise—as well as in social settings and daily life. [More]

The Big Yellow Self Storage Company Plants Thousands of Poppy Seeds

by Winnie Hsiu April 29, 2014 4:24 PM
The Big Yellow Self Storage facility in Brentford, a town in west London, has planned a spectacular way to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. They had thousands of poppy seeds planted in a lawn that is on top of their self storage warehouse on Great West Road in Brentford. [More]

Demand for Self Storage Continues to Grow

by Kim Kilpatrick April 28, 2014 11:47 PM
With the economy performing well according to Wall Street you might think that the self storage industry may not be as needed as before. When it was failing people were forced to downsize and needed somewhere to store their belongings while they tried to get back on their feet. Now that the economy is back and growing will that still be the case? [More]

New Storage Facility Breaks Ground in Schertz, Texas

by Holly Robinson April 28, 2014 10:55 PM
Ground breaking for a new self storage facility in Schertz, Texas, recently took place. Brian Cisarik, Robert Loeb, and Jeff Bailey are the three developers for the project. When completed, the new facility will have 113,000 square feet. It is currently scheduled to open in January 2015. It will be part of the SurePoint Self Storage brand. [More]

It’s All About Traffic in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens April 25, 2014 6:54 PM
Traffic can be both good and bad—it all depends on the type. If you are trying to get home from work than the traffic on the freeway is definitely bad. If you run a website than traffic is definitely a good thing. Businesses inside of a shopping mall are fond of foot traffic. [More]

StorageMart President is EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

by Winnie Hsiu April 25, 2014 5:11 PM
Today, Ernst & Young (EY) announced that Cris Burnam, president of Storage Mart, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Central Midwest region. [More]

Want to Learn How to Bid at a Self Storage Auction and Have Fun at the Same Time?

by Kim Kilpatrick April 24, 2014 11:57 PM
As kids there is one thing that we often tend to love above and beyond everything else—video games. We would give up television time in order to play more games. Meals? Forget about it! Food would always be there, but the game as in the now. We had to play! [More]

Vallejo City Council Approves Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu April 24, 2014 10:29 PM
In 1980, the city of Vallejo created an industrial Park. The main purpose was for research, development, and commercial uses. At the time, access to Sonoma Boulevard and Interstate 780 were considered prime features that would entice businesses to locate in the industrial park.

In 2005, the city approved a development permit for a proposed self storage facility to be built in the industrial park on one of the last major vacant parcels of property. The facility was never built and the permits lapsed because of financing issues. [More]
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