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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]

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]

Alcatraz Storage in Fort Wayne Partners with Perfect Paws Pet Rescue

by Winnie Hsiu September 26, 2012 8:00 PM
Each day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Each year, eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the United States. Approximately 64% of them end up being euthanized because the shelters are over crowded and lack funding to cover their food and vaccinations. They are also put down because the animals cannot be placed in permanent homes. [More]

Upcoming Self Storage Master Class to Be Held

by Holly Robinson August 22, 2012 6:22 PM
An apprentice is a beginning ‘student’ in a trade or a craft. The apprentice learns all that he can. When he completes his apprenticeship level, he becomes a journeyman and is fully educated and qualified to work in that trade or craft.

Kevin Rollings has 25 years experience in the self storage industry. He is well beyond the apprentice and the journeyman level. In fact, he has earned his Certified Self Storage Manager with the Self Storage Association of which he is a member. He now holds Master Classes where he shares his wisdom and experience with investors, owners, and managers who want to learn how to invest and turn a profit in the self storage market. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick July 24, 2012 6:41 AM
bSome days in the news, the self storage industry is quiet. Not much happens. Other days, it’s a flurry of activities. Today, it’s a flurry.

Changes are coming to the small town of Busti, New York. Busti is on the south end of Chautauqua Lake. It has a population of 7,000. Their town board held a public hearing on the Joe Casel’s proposal to add self storage units to his business. He owns Casel Auto Wrecking and seeks a special-use permit. He wants to transform his salvage yard into a self storage facility. He already has one facility that has 25 units. He seeks to build two more buildings. [More]

Military Belongings of First Woman to Die in Afghanistan War to be Returned to Family

by John Stevens December 1, 2010 12:01 PM
An Indiana businessman who purchased a storage unit seven years ago has decided to gather together all of the significant belongings of the first female U.S. Marine to die in the line of duty during the Afghanistan war and return them to her family. [More]

Businessman Wants to Monopolize on Fallen Afghanistan War Hero’s Personal Items Found in Storage Unit

by John Stevens November 30, 2010 10:18 AM
The personal effects of the first U.S. servicewoman killed in Afghanistan are in the hands of someone who only means to make money off of them after finding them in a storage unit he purchased. [More]

Rental Housing, Too, Becomes Less Affordable -- Americans Continue to Downsize and Use More Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 28, 2010 11:36 PM
Like homebuyers, many renters are having to downsize, putting more things in storage to make it possible to live in a smaller space, as housing prices become less affordable. Putting some things in storage makes downsizing a little bit easier by increasing the amount of space in a home available for use and decreasing the percentage of home space that is used for storage. While some renters use storage permanently as a way of decreasing the amount of living space that they need to pay for every month, others use it temporarily, while they transition to another home or to hold items that they are selling on eBay or Craig’s List. [More]

Self Storage Industry Thriving in South

by Holly Robinson April 27, 2010 6:34 PM
The self storage industry is continuing to expand this spring with a wave of new facilities opening up across the country, particularly in the South.

In Georgia, a private investor has purchased the four-year-old East Ellijay facility of American Storage. The facility has about 35,000 square feet of rentable space, divided into 248 units, some of which are climate-controlled. The property also features a truck rental service and has several security features, including digital entry, perimeter fencing, and security cameras. The sale was brokered by Dale Eisenman, the president of Midcoast Properties Inc. [More]

Indiana County Still Struggling to Store Emergency Equipment

by Kim Kilpatrick April 14, 2010 11:18 AM
For several years now, county commissioners from Tippecanoe County, Indiana, have been trying to find indoor storage for the Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) vehicles. Currently, TEMA has more than $5 million worth of emergency equipment stored in five different locations, several of which are outdoors. Now two members of the Tippecanoe County Council have proposed using a 4-H Fairgrounds barn as a storage location. But County Commissioner David Byers told the Lafayette Journal & Courier that commissioners are considering several possibilities. [More]
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