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Metro Storage Acquires Three Georgia Self Storage Facilities in Atlanta

by Winnie Hsiu June 6, 2014 8:22 PM
Metro Storage LLC has recently expanded their self storage portfolio. They purchased three Georgia Self Storage facilities that are in the metro Atlanta, Georgia, area. Metro Storage currently has 9 other facilities in that area. [More]

Marketing Coach Gives Advice to the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu April 10, 2014 10:39 PM
At one of the jobs where I used to work, one part-time worker had an office chair that had a semi-broken arm rest. Because the worker was part-time, his boss didn’t want to buy a new chair. Instead, he whipped out a roll of duct tape and taped the chair arm together. The patch job looked nice. My co-worker was happy. His boss was happy. Duct tape saved the day.

Duct tape can help the self storage industry, too. [More]

Two Self Storage Facilities in San Francisco Are On the Market to be Sold

by Tony Gonzalez November 18, 2013 2:32 PM
Looking for a good deal for increasing your self storage portfolio? Look no further. Bancap Self Storage Group, Inc., in California, has a great deal for you.

They recently announced the sale of two self storage facilities in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Those properties are Coliseum Self Storage and Concord Self Storage. [More]

Beauty and Art is in the Eye of the Beholder—and on the Self Storage Facility

by Holly Robinson October 14, 2013 11:46 PM
Everyone has their own definition and perception of beauty; as the saying goes it is in the eye of the beholder. The same could be said for art. What one person looks at and calls graffiti another could look at and call a masterpiece. That is the great thing about art. It can be something completely different for everybody. [More]

Empty Grocery Store to Become a Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick August 8, 2013 3:26 PM
Grocery stores in a small town near where I live have had a hard go of it. After building to brand spanking new buildings, two of them were out of business before the year was out. Fort Wayne, Indiana, knows about these empty grocery stores. They have had several within their city limits. However, the self storage industry is stepping in and rescuing these empty buildings. [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]

Lucky Auction Bidder Makes Classic Find at Self Storage Auction

by Kim Kilpatrick February 7, 2013 10:01 PM
People love to find the diamond in the rough. Being able to say they found the needle in a haystack is a rush. Pirate treasure may be a thing of the past, but there is still treasure to be found. You just have to know where to look—like your local self storage auction. [More]

A Year in Review for One Self Storage Company

by John Stevens January 29, 2013 9:07 PM
The New Year is well underway now and folks have either broken their resolutions or will likely follow through with them if they haven’t broken them by now. Even though 2012 is almost a month in the past there is no reason not to reflect on the many successes—like all the community work--that a company may or may not have done in the last year. [More]

Self Storage and Charity Go Hand-in-Hand in the U.S. and Abroad

by Winnie Hsiu December 7, 2012 9:51 PM
Christmas time tends to bring out the best and worst in a lot of people. If you have ever been present when the hottest toy is being cleared off the shelves by parents you’ve seen the worst (remember the Cabbage Patch kids from the 80s?). Luckily, the best is a more common trait and is evident with the way people give to charity at this time of the year. [More]

Ideas from Self Storage Businesses in Australia

by John Stevens September 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Sometimes managers and owners of self storage facilities feel that they out of new ideas of ways to expand and improve their business. Sometimes looking at what others in the industry do can spark new ideas – especially when they are not local businesses or even national businesses.

For example, look at what is happening in Australia. Gareth Taylor and Adam Gilchrist founded Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving in Australia in 2007. It was one of the first mobile storage businesses in the country. In 2010, it came to the United States. Their concept is to deliver a storage container to customers, customers load it at their convenience, and the company picks up the unit and keeps it at their secure facility. [More]
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