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Self Storage Company Prepared to do it Right

by Holly Robinson March 1, 2012 8:54 PM
There are different schools of thought when it comes to completing a task—be it getting into a business like self storage or otherwise. One would be to do it so that it gets done; while the task is complete, the quality will likely be questionable. Another way would be to do whatever it takes to make sure that you were not just doing a good job, but the absolute best job possible. [More]

Florida Self Storage Facilities Keeping it Cool Thanks to Modern Technology

by Winnie Hsiu February 5, 2011 9:45 AM
The self storage industry just like any other is chock full of competition. In order to compete you have to be willing to go the extra mile. For many self storage facilities, especially those in warmer or colder climates as well as real humid ones, that means more climate controlled storage units. The only problem is that those cost more to operate. [More]

Going the Extra Mile in Self Storage Helps Make Extra Bucks

by Holly Robinson January 27, 2011 1:37 PM
A common saying in business and in life goes something like this,” If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to go the extra mile.” That could not be truer for an industry than it is for the self storage industry. On the surface it may appear that succeeding in the self storage industry would be a pretty simple thing to do. All you need is a building with a bunch of storage units of various sizes built in to right? A facility that had just that would be one that had just the bare necessities and while it could make money; it will probably not be too profitable. [More]

The Right Roofing for your Self Storage Facility can lead to Higher Profits

by John Stevens November 12, 2010 4:33 PM
It goes without saying that anyone that goes into business, whether it is self storage or not, goes into it with one thing in mind—making money. When the economy is like it is a good business- person will come up with any and every way possible to earn another dollar. [More]

Big Money Found in Storage Unit Translates to Donation for Special Olympics

by John Stevens November 11, 2010 8:06 AM
When Lady Luck smiled down on a Santa Fe, N.M., storage unit customer, the owner of the storage facility made a special lucky move in return. While going through her unit, Sandra Peters found $1,000 among her olive oil products in the climate controlled storage space. The storage facility owner randomly planted the money there and proceeded to match Peters’ good fortune by donating $1,000 to the Special Olympics in Santa Fe. [More]

Old Dallas Walmart Becomes New Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens June 21, 2010 4:29 PM
Four Dallas-area residents, tired of looking at an empty Walmart building that has stood empty for six years, have decided to buy Walmart’s old retail building and convert it into a self storage facility. The Walmart will be turned into a Just Store It. The interior demolition work is already finished, and work on the interior renovations began today. The development is the brainchild of developer Brad Tidwell of Dallas, who looked at the old Walmart building and saw a conversion deal.

“Every time I see a new idea,” Tidwell explained in the Sunday Longview News-Journal, “my first thought is, ‘will this work in Longview?’” [More]

Federal Funds Become Available for Cold Storage Loans

by Winnie Hsiu April 2, 2010 4:16 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program will now finance low-interest loans for farmers, to pay for the construction of cold storage facilities. The cold storage facilities must be used by farmers to store fresh fruit and vegetables. The cold storage loans are part of the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program, a program promoted by the Obama administration to encourage Americans to eat food that has been grown locally. The money to finance the loans was authorized by Congress’ 2008 Farm Bill.

Although the statement released by the Department of Agriculture does not mention self storage, it does not specifically rule out the possibility that self storage facilities could be used to store the nation’s locally grown food. Facilities that apply for federal loans must, however, demonstrate a need for the storage provided by the facility, based on the average production from a particular acreage over three years and the borrower’s share of the production. It is probable that self storage facilities, if they were to apply, would have to enter a business relationship with a farmer whose acreage is in need of storage, and document that relationship for the USDA. However, self storage facilities seem like a natural choice for seasonal food storage, since they offer short term storage at reasonable prices, and can provide refrigerated and/or climate-controlled units. [More]

Descartes Letter Placed in Storage Until Return to France

by Winnie Hsiu March 2, 2010 1:15 PM
A letter written by philosopher René Descartes, and stolen from France 170 years ago, will be placed in a secure, climate-controlled storage vault until it can be hand-carried back to France. Until this week, no one knew that the letter was in the possession of Haverford University. Fortunately, Haverford has been treating the letter with special care--storing it in an acid-free folder, in an acid-free document box. Like all of the documents in Haverford's special collections department, the letter is stored in a secure, climate-controlled space. But since learning that the document was stolen, Haverford is treating it with special care, allowing visitors to view, but not touch, it upon request.

Historical documents can easily be damaged by exposure to light or to the acid in skin or in wood products, such as paper. Because of Haverford's careful storage practices, the letter, which is 369 years old, is still in good condition. John Anderies, the Head of Special Collections at Haverford, told student reporter Carrie Kolar, of the Bi-College News, in an email that "the document is still in very stable condition despite its age." He said that although casual visitors would not be allowed to touch the letter, a scholar or researcher could still "be allowed to hold it to carefully turn its pages." [More]

Red Deer, Alberta Museum Seeks Storage Space

by John Stevens January 14, 2010 10:32 AM
Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, in Alberta, Canada, has had about $1.5 million in renovations in the last year. In one spot, the renovations increased the museum's exhibition area by 10,000 square feet. The renovations also improved the museum's washrooms and office areas. But the renovations did nothing to address the museum's other critical need: storage space for its archives.

"Our first priority was to improve our service to the public," explained the museum's executive director, Lorna Johnson. "That's what the renovation has allowed us to do.....It didn't address collection storage for either the museum or the archives." Johnson said the museum still needs about 20,000 square feet of space for archival storage. The storage will have to be off-site, but it must also be secure and climate-controlled. At the moment, the museum is hoping to find a storage space to share with city archives, Red Deer College, and other art organizations, all of which are also in need of storage. "If we can all get together to build one structure, that isn't so expensive," Johnson commented. The city has also considered building a new museum, but does not expect to have a budget for a project of that magnitude for many years. The museum is also struggling with budget cuts, as its 2010 budget (nearly $882,000) has been reduced by 1.3 percent from its 2009 budget ($894,000). [More]