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Safeguard Self Storage in Chicago Purchased Land for a New Facility

by Tony Gonzalez June 5, 2014 8:21 PM
Growth. And more growth. Just like a teenager who seems to be two inches taller every time you turn around, Safeguard Self Storage continues to have growth spurts, too. Their portfolio has grown significantly over the last several years. [More]

More Growth in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick January 9, 2014 4:30 PM
Growth – and more growth. Two self storage businesses are purchasing land or purchasing facilities to develop their portfolio. Growth is a good thing for the industry – and good for the country. [More]

Illinois Self Storage Expo to be Held in August

by Holly Robinson July 25, 2013 1:16 PM
Networking. Sharing ideas. Getting answers to burning questions or problems. Learning how to be a better business owner. Meeting new people. These are all part of attending a conference or a business workshop. These professional development opportunities can also inject a renewed excitement and enthusiasm for employees. Those who know this, go to the conferences. [More]

Lock Up Self Storage in Chicago Holds Grand Opening

by Winnie Hsiu July 23, 2013 7:40 PM
Lock Up Self Storage announced the grand opening of its fifth facility in Chicago. The Chicago-Galewood Lock Up is located on 1900 N. Narragansett Avenue. It is conveniently located within the Galewood/Elmwood Park neighborhoods near the border of Chicago and Oak Park. This location is readily accessible to the residents and businesses on the west side of Chicago. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick September 20, 2012 10:05 PM
In Sarasota, Florida, Quality Self Storage purchased a self storage facility for $1.7 million dollars. This amount is almost half of the price that it was valued at eight years ago in 2004. The current owner paid $3.28 million for the business at that time. The facility has over 93,000 square-feet and was built 39 years ago. This was the second self storage business in the area that was sold in the last several months. [More]

LifeStorage in Chicago Acquires a New Location

by Tony Gonzalez June 22, 2012 1:30 PM
Circuit City was the No. 2 electronic retailer after Best Buy. They opened their doors in 1949 and operated over 700 retail stores throughout the United States and Canada. These stores ranged in size from 15,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet. However, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2008 and closed their doors for good on March 8, 2009. Two main reasons that contributed to their financial problems were the bad economy and recession in the late 2000s and a big drop in consumer spending. [More]

College Students - A Good Self Storage Market to Tap Into

by Holly Robinson April 23, 2012 7:44 PM
How many colleges do you think there are in the metropolitan Chicago area? Two? Ten? Maybe twenty or twenty five? Would you believe that there are over 80 community and junior colleges, universities, and graduate schools? That means there are a lot of students living in the area.

The end of the school year school year is drawing to a close and that means that many of these college students will be heading home, to internships, or places for summer work – and many of those students need a place to store their belongings for the summer. [More]

LifeStorage in Illinois Offers Discounted Shredding for Earth Day

by Holly Robinson April 19, 2012 4:17 PM
LifeStorage is holding its Third Annual Earth Day Shredding on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The LifeStorage facility in Mokena and Aurora is offering half-price shredding for each standard-sized file box making it only $5 per box. The LifeStorage facility in Wrigleyville is offering 20% off normal shredding costs per box. The person who brings in the largest load of files to be shredded will receive a $100 Visa gift card. [More]

Illinois Self Storage Association to Host Owners Summit

by Tony Gonzalez April 4, 2012 6:22 PM
For self storage owners in Illinois, keep June 6, 2012 open on your calendar. The Illinois Self Storage Association (ISSA) will host the 2012 Great Lakes Self Storage Owners Summit. It will be held at the Conrad Hotel, in Chicago, 521 North Rush Street. [More]

Blood Drive and Merchant Day Event Hosted by Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez March 7, 2012 12:20 PM
A self storage unit. A blood drive. A Merchant Day Event. Chicago-based LifeStorage in its Hermosa location is bringing these three seemingly unconnected events together.

Many small businesses rent storage units for various reasons: document storage, storing extra inventory, business equipment. Entrepreneurs often use self storage facilities for their business, too. Yecy Morquecho and Mario Alequin, LifeStorage Hermosa store managers, came up with a good plan where they could spotlight these small businesses and do a community service at the same time. They combined a community blood drive with a Merchant Day Event. Participants can stop by the LifeStorage facility, see what the merchants have on display, donate blood, and also checkout the services that LifeStorage offers. [More]
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