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In the Self Storage News

by Winnie Hsiu September 25, 2013 8:59 PM
It’s totally amazing all of the activities in the self storage industry. All of these happenings indicate that the industry is strong, vibrant, and growing. Here are three news items across the United States that are examples of what is going on.

First, a Charolotte-based self storage company bought a storage facility in Virginia-Highland. (Virginia-Highland is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, that was named after the intersection of two streets Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue. That is the heart of a busy commercial center of the neighborhood.) The facility was purchased for $6.1 million dollars. [More]

USstoragesearch.com Extended Hours a Success

by John Stevens July 11, 2012 7:07 AM
Back in February in 2012 when Brian Bremer, Director of Operations, announced that USstoragesearch.com would expand their hours of operations to be open 24/7, he stated that people searching for self storage weren’t shopping around just during the hours of 9-5. His call center saw significant web and phone traffic at all hours of the days. So, having his call center open 24/7 made sense and the extended hours would better serve those looking for storage units and those owning and operating them.

Since extending the hours, the results of around-the-clock service have exceeded US Storage Search’s expectations – and also their client’s expectations. [More]

Mini Storage Owner Gets New Home

by Kim Kilpatrick June 4, 2012 6:15 PM
Out with the old. Bring in the new. These phrases are typically connected to New Year’s Eve. But to Earl and Ruth Fredrickson, owners of E & R Mini Storage in Kenyon, Minnesota, these phrases apply to their life right now in the month of June. They have sold their home and will soon be moving into a new home. But even though they have sold their home, they really aren’t going anywhere.

Confused? Let me explain. [More]

Minnesota Self Storage Owner Denied Outdoor Storage Permit

by John Stevens July 28, 2011 3:17 PM
A self storage owner in Andover, Minn. was denied by the city council by a 3-2 vote his request to develop outdoor storage for trailers, RVs, boats and other vehicles even though there’s a need for such self storage in the area. Council members who voted against the request cited aesthetic concerns, claiming it is not the direction of redevelopment they’d like to pursue. [More]

Stay in One Place, Sunrise Self Storage Facilities, and Google Will Find You Eventually

by Winnie Hsiu September 22, 2010 11:57 PM
According to the United States Search and Rescue Task Force, the thing to do if you get lost is to stay in one place -- and stay together. Sunrise, Florida, and its more than 86,000 citizens have been doing just that for 50 years, since Sunrise (originally called Sunset) was first established. Yet for almost a month this summer, Google Maps sent viewers who were looking for Sunrise to Sarasota -- a city that is 200 miles away and on the other side of the state -- instead. Not only was the city of Sunrise lost, but so were all its businesses (including many self storage facilities), addresses, and even city hall, much to the mayor’s dismay. [More]

Families Turn to Self Storage After Falling Prey to Loan Modification Scams

by Tony Gonzalez July 7, 2010 3:21 PM
The nation is slowly coming out of the recession, and unemployment rates are starting to drop. But many people, even after getting a new job, are struggling to catch up on their debts -- especially back mortgage payments. Bankruptcy rates are slowly rising. All too many families, seeking bankruptcy protection or trying to avoid foreclosures, have fallen prey to financial scams. One common scam occurs when a company takes money from a family, agrees to make arrangements for a mortgage loan modification with the bank or lender, and then does nothing, letting the property go into foreclosure. Ironically, some people have gone into foreclosure or bankruptcy right after becoming employed again. Many such families have turned to self storage facilities at the last minute, storing their possessions while looking for a place to live. [More]

Hold Off on Salvaging and Storing Belongings from Homes Destroyed by MN Tornadoes

by Tony Gonzalez June 18, 2010 7:59 PM
Minnesota residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by yesterday’s tornadoes may be eager to start the process of cleaning up, repairing, rebuilding, or in some cases, starting over. Some might like to go through their homes in order to salvage and store whatever possessions they can in self storage facilities, hopefully before tornado-damaged roofs begin to leak and water damage sets in. But officials say that it is not safe to begin the cleanup and recovery process yet. [More]

Where Will HP’s Laid-Off Employees Relocate (If Necessary)?

by John Stevens June 1, 2010 9:34 PM
In September of 2008, Hewlett-Packard (HP) took over information technology (IT) provider Electronic Data Systems, and then proceeded to cut 24,600 jobs. Today HP announced that it will be cutting about 9,000 more. Lately, technology firms in Silicon Valley have starting recruiting more aggressively again. But will there be enough technology jobs in the Valley for the 9,000 Hewlett-Packard employees that will be laid off over the next several years?

HP says that it will also be adding a total of 6,000 jobs to its sales and delivery teams, but the 9,000 laid-off employees will be from IT. The IT jobs will disappear as HP automates more of the services that it provides to clients. Some technology companies in the area, such as Google, Intel, and Cisco are adding jobs. But analysts say that many technology jobs are starting to migrate to other cities -- and laid-off technology workers are beginning to follow. [More]

State of Minnesota Uses Offices as Storage Space

by Kim Kilpatrick May 6, 2010 8:24 AM
An Eyewitness News report from KSTP TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul has revealed that the state of Minnesota is using expensive rented offices as storage space for files. The office space is rented for a price that averages out to about nine dollars per square foot of space. In all, the state of Minnesota pays about $21,000 per year to rent the offices that is uses as storage.

An Eyewitness News team found self storage facilities nearby that rent climate-controlled storage space (though without the view of Mears Park that can be seen through the window of the St. Paul offices of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency) for only $1.50 per square foot. According to Costhelper.com, that amount is fairly standard in the storage industry. [More]

Local Government Agencies Face Storage Crises

by Winnie Hsiu February 22, 2010 9:49 AM
Storage is becoming a problem for local government in many parts of the U.S. In the last week, several local government storage problems were reported in the media:

In Gaylord, Minnesota, the Sibley County Sheriff's office is considering building its own storage shed to store equipment and vehicles for the Sheriff's Office and the Environmental Services Department....The Sheriff's Office in Santa Rosa County, Florida, bought a mobile command unit and disaster response trailer shortly after Hurricane Ivan passed through in 2004. Initially, Terhaar & Cronley Property Co, the owner of a vacant warehouse, donated the warehouse to be used for storage of the new equipment. But it is becoming difficult for Terhaar & Cronley to pay the property taxes....In Ozark, Missouri, the Christian County Library has run out of space for its books. The library has pulled more than 1,500 books off its shelves and put them into storage....The Franklin County Courthouse renovation, in Malone, New York, is causing an embarrassing storage problem for courthouse officials: the installation of advanced technology has caused the temperature in the courthouse records center to escalate up to anywhere from 113 to 121 degrees.... [More]
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