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Self Storage Company Looking to Establish Roots in Community

by Winnie Hsiu July 18, 2012 5:29 PM
It is tough to start a business. It doesn’t matter if it is a stand-alone operation or if it is a part of a larger chain. The odds are simply against new businesses—self storage or otherwise-- surviving beyond their first year, not to mention beyond five. That is one of the reasons why establishing a presence (or roots) in the community can mean the difference between success and failure. [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]

Self Storage Facilities Good for Bargains Other than Storage

by Tony Gonzalez June 7, 2012 8:14 PM
There is no denying it. The United States is a consumer nation; we like our stuff. There is one thing that we like more than stuff though-- newer stuff. However, there is one thing that we do like even more than newer stuff, and that’s getting a bargain on someone else’s semi-new stuff. [More]

LifeStorage in Matteson, Illinois, Will Hold a Yard Sale June 2

by Tony Gonzalez May 31, 2012 3:48 PM
Now that summer is here, yard sales are springing up all over the place. Some yard sales are sponsored by individuals or single families. Sometimes, families join together to create a huge yard sale in the hopes of drawing bigger crowds. Sometimes, even self storage facilities sponsors yard sales for charitable organizations. LifeStorage in Matteson, Illinois, is one of those storage facilities. [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]

Self Storage Company Announces Environmental Milestone

by John Stevens April 23, 2012 6:38 PM
Earth Day has become a worldwide celebration and event in which millions are able to show their appreciation for what the Earth has given us (and allows us to take). It has become something that over 175 countries participate in with demonstrations by individuals, groups, and businesses—including the self storage industry-- alike. [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]

Self Storage Company Trying to Improve the Lives of Others

by John Stevens April 16, 2012 6:23 PM
Self storage companies essentially make the lives of their people better by providing them with something that they are in dire need of, space. Their current arrangements are either too expensive (and they need to downsize) or not big enough. The discrepancy is enough of a problem that they are compelled to act (rent a self storage unit) in order to free up space. [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]

How Many Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Can Fit in a Self Storage Unit?

by John Stevens February 29, 2012 6:30 PM
The Girl Scouts of America have been in the news of late thanks to some rather inflammatory remarks made by a Representative Bob Morris of Indiana. While offense, his words were likely glossed over rather quickly by most people. Why? Because they were too busy buying figuring out how many Thin Mints or Tag-a-longs they wanted to order! [More]
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