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There is a Compassionate Side to the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens July 27, 2013 11:15 AM
To some who have lost things that they wanted after their self storage unit was sold at a lien auction there probably isn’t a compassionate side to the self storage industry. What those people would be failing to remember is that lien auctions are considered by many to be a regretful aspect of doing business, and not one that managers look forward to. Those same people are probably not aware of all the good that many self storage facilities do in the community either. [More]

Self Storage Company Turns Garbage into Money for Charity

by Tony Gonzalez October 25, 2012 9:33 PM
Often times self storage units are used to store things that people no longer need, but can’t bring themselves to throw away just yet. This figurative ‘garbage’ has led to the explosion in popularity of self storage auctions were people hope to find a needle in the haystack or see if another man’s trash could yield a treasure for them. [More]

Self Storage Industry Respects its Elders

by Tony Gonzalez May 25, 2012 6:27 PM
A common reason why many self storage units are rented is to allow those who are older to clear up clutter around the home in an effort to make it easier for them to get around, a task that can become difficult as we age. Many self storage companies try to do even more to help those in their twilight years as well as those with life-limiting illnesses. [More]

Alligator Self Storage (UK) Announces Plans to Expand

by Kim Kilpatrick March 23, 2010 3:40 PM
Alligator Self Storage, a Scottish self storage chain, has announced that it plans to expand into two or three more sites this year. It has already acquired 12 new locations over the past several months, thanks to the tireless efforts of founder Alister Jack. Jack financed the acquisition of the 12 new locations, which came from Australian investment bank Macquarie, with 20 million from Merrill Lynch (through Bank of America).

“We have the ability to finance the acquisition of more sites,” Jack told Scott Reid of Scotland on Sunday yesterday. “We would like to buy two or three in the next year, though there’s quite a bit to do in terms of integrating the latest sites.” [More]