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Go Mini's Becomes a Franchise Business

by Tony Gonzalez October 9, 2012 6:28 PM
Go Mini’s Moving and Portable storage has undergone a drastic change in their business model. They used to have a dealer-based structure. After much diligent work, they have successfully switched to a franchise organization.

Their dealer-based organization has been very successful. It has grown more than 2,559% between 2005 and 2007. However, they feel that the franchise model is a more systematic and efficient business management approach. [More]

Two Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving Facilities Will Open in Pennsylvania

by Holly Robinson July 2, 2012 7:00 PM
Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving announced the establishment of a franchise in Lehigh Valley and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. Donna and Walter Yext signed a franchise agreement and anticipate opening a Zippy Shell facility in Lehigh Valley in October 2012. [More]

Is a Self Storage Business the Right One For You?

by Tony Gonzalez December 22, 2010 12:17 PM
It is a very big step just making the decision to go into business for your-self. In doing so you are excepting the risk that comes with any business venture as well as the responsibility for its success and the well-being of the people that you employ. That makes the decision as to what kind of business you are going to go into even more important. Choose the wrong one and you not only risk putting yourself out of work, but all your employees as well. [More]

UK Self Storage Company Leaves Franchise

by Holly Robinson January 27, 2010 10:36 AM
A UK self-storage company has decided to leave its parent company, an international franchise, and continue alone. The site, which is located in Embleton, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, originally opened as a self-storage facility in October 2007, as a branch of international self-storage franchiser Storage King. Storage King classified the Cumbrian facility as its North Lakes Cumbria Centre. It was Storage King's first rural location in the United Kingdom. Now the facility will be known as Box Clever Smart Storage Solutions.

Box Clever Smart Storage Solutions is now owned and operated by a Cumbrian catering group, Caterite. Caterite had been working with Storage King, but developed a growing confidence that it would be possible to run the business alone, without benefit of the franchise. Caterite's director, Keith Graham, commented, "The self-storage business we have been operating here at Embleton has been a remarkable success since we opened but the time was right to go on our own and extend it. We feel we can offer our customers a better service under our own private ownership as Box Clever." [More]