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Fowlerville Mini Storage Supports Local Garage Sale

by Winnie Hsiu March 19, 2014 10:11 PM
Fowlerville Mini Storage in Fowlerville, Michigan, is supporting a community-based garage sale that will be held on March 29. Donations for the garage sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 22 and 23 at the Fowlerville Mini Storage, 7074 Grand River Avenue in Fowlerville. Members of the community are encouraged to make donations to support the event. [More]

MSU Football is Not the Only Thing Living Large in Michigan

by John Stevens December 11, 2013 10:22 PM
After last Saturday’s win over Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game it is a great time to be a football player for the Michigan State Spartans. The players are undoubtedly getting star treatment wherever they go—talk about living large, right? As it turns out, they are not the only entity living it up in Michigan. Compass Self Storage is. [More]

Self Storage News from Around the Nation

by Winnie Hsiu August 22, 2013 7:41 PM
Folks in Anchorage, Alaska, don’t use them. And probably not those in Seattle, Washington, either. But people and businesses in Tucson, Arizona, the Florida Keys, and in San Antonio, Texas, certainly do. And just what is “it” that they use in those areas around the country? Solar panels! [More]

Storage Pros Acquires Eight Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu August 2, 2013 12:19 PM
Have you seen before and after pictures of flowers that have been fertilized by Miracle-Gro? The before plants are scrawny and pathetic looking. The after pictures show lush plants with thick foliage and brilliant blooms. If there was a Miracle-Gro for the self storage industry, somebody must have sprinkled some on the Storage Pros Self Storage portfolio. Storage Pros is growing into a 'lush and beautiful' portfolio.

Have you seen before and after pictures of flowers that have been fertilized by Miracle-Gro? The before plants are scrawny and pathetic looking. The after pictures show lush plants with thick foliage and brilliant blooms. If there was a Miracle-Gro for the self storage industry, somebody must have sprinkled some on the Storage Pros Self Storage portfolio. Storage Pros is growing into a 'lush and beautiful' portfolio. [More]

EZ Storage Seeks for Rezoning in Royal Oak, Michigan

by Winnie Hsiu May 24, 2013 2:53 PM
EZ Storage wants to build a new facility in Royal Oak, Michigan. Only there's one slight problem. The piece of property that they are looking at isn't zone to allow a self storage facility there. So, the owners of EZ Storage went to the city's planning commission and asked for it to be changed to conditional zoning. [More]

Compass Self Storage Adds to Its Portfolio

by Holly Robinson April 10, 2013 7:04 PM
Compass Self Storage, LLC, is at it again. It is projected that they will continue along in this same manner in the foreseeable future. And what is it that they are doing again? Why growing, that’s what – and growing at a remarkable rate.

The company has recently purchased a self storage property in Memphis, Tennessee, at 6780 Country Park Drive. [More]

When Homes Are in Peril, Self Storage Owners Often Lend a Helping Hand

by John Stevens May 17, 2011 6:51 AM
It is often thanks to the kindness of strangers that many people get past difficult situations in life. And those in the power to help in a direct way, sometimes self storage operators and owners, are thankfully often among the first to act. One such person was Detroit, Mich., businessman Glenn Wash who owns Schaefer Lyndon Self Storage and reached out to help a man who faces losing his home. [More]

Detroit is Focus of Self Storage Acquisitions for Growing Amsdell Cos.

by John Stevens March 31, 2011 12:21 PM
Amsdell Cos., a Cleveland-based self storage investment company is rapidly growing its portfolio in metro Detroit, Mich. The company purchased properties in Flat Rock, Fraser and Shelby Township. It has added to three other Michigan self storage facilities and one Pittsburgh, Pa. facility purchased by them since August. [More]

Storing Emergency Supplies -- How Can You Prepare for Flash Floods?

by John Stevens July 23, 2010 10:01 PM
Summer thunderstorm season has hit -- with a vengeance. Severe storms, possible tornadoes, and more flash floods are predicted to hit the Milwaukee and Flagstaff areas again this evening, as well as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Des Moines, Iowa. St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri are still recovering from flash flooding earlier this week. The Mississippi River is said to be at a “minor flood stage” in the St. Louis region. How can residents prepare for more storms and flooding? [More]

More Americans Moving Again

by Kim Kilpatrick July 23, 2010 9:16 PM
The American Moving and Storage Association reported today that Americans were shipping 4.2 percent more household goods during the first five months of this year than during the same period in 2009. (AMSA is a storage and moving trade association, and puts consumers in touch with professional movers through its Mover Referral Service.) When AMSA looked only at items shipped by consumers, the shipments were up by 11.2 percent. During 2008 and 2009, shipping dropped dramatically, by 21.5 percent in 2009 and 18.2 percent in 2008.

The statistics suggest that more Americans are moving from one home to another again, which means that the housing market may start to pick up. Relocation tends to stimulate consumer spending in general, because people who are moving spend more money on take-out food, renovations, and household items for the new home. [More]
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