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Self Storage Industry Really Embraces Small Businesses

by Winnie Hsiu July 30, 2013 10:55 PM
Have you ever thought that you would love to go into business for yourself? Has the lack of space for your product and/or an office been holding you back? Did you know that the answer to your problem could be as close as your local self storage facility? [More]

Clovis Self Storage Successfully Incorporates Office Suites

by Holly Robinson June 19, 2013 9:14 PM
There is a new business model that self storage businesses across the nation are embracing. That model is offering a business center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Clovis Self Storage & Office Suites in Clover, California, is one such self storage facility that successfully incorporated that new model into their business plan. [More]

Deluxe Office Space Available at Clovis Storage & Executive Suites

by Tony Gonzalez February 28, 2013 8:00 PM
Many small business owners and entrepreneurs use a spare room or their garage when they start out in their business. They struggle with having cramped spaces and unprofessional interruptions from family members (and even family pets). Many times, renting office space is too far out of their budget. What’s an entrepreneur to do? Use a self storage space instead. [More]

CA City to Use Federal Recovery Funds to Convert Racing Horse Barns to Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2010 7:48 AM
City council members in Pomona, California, this week approved a proposal to convert six racing horse barns a self storage facility. The facility will become part of a business center, converted from another six racing horse barns, that will include office, warehouse, and light industrial space. Funding for the project will come from federal recovery bonds issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [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, that amount is fairly standard in the storage industry. [More]

Developer Tries to Salvage Commercial Property by Converting to Self-Storage

by John Stevens January 29, 2010 8:10 PM
Last night Redtree Properties, a Santa Cruz, California real estate developer, went before the City Council in Capitola, California, to discuss its proposal to turn vacant office space into self-storage units. The office space, which is located in a shopping mall, is not zoned for self-storage. The office spaces could not be converted to self-storage unless the city rezones the area or amends the neighborhood commercial zone law to allow self-storage. But the Capitola Planning Commission is in favor of the idea.

The office complex, which is located at 809 Bay Ave in Capitola, next door to the Nob Hill shopping mall, was last occupied in August 2008. It occupies 37,232 square feet of space, which Redtree plans to convert to 394 self-storage units. [More]

Siblings Synthesize Business with Storage in VA

by Holly Robinson October 19, 2009 8:44 AM
As first posted on Richmond (VA)’s on October 19, the sign pronouncing the nondescript beige building on Chamberlayne Avenue, AAAA Chamberlayne Storage, is a bit of a misnomer.

From a distance, this warehouse looks like any other in Everytown, USA. However, under closer scrutiny, you will find a nearly 60-year-old building that has been gutted and renovated by its owners, brothers David and Tom Kern, with 500 storage units inside the 77,000-square foot building that opened 10 days ago. Yet these siblings have not limited their new space to storage alone.

"We wanted to do something a little different" than offering a place for people to store their belongings, said Tom Kern, the older of the two brothers.

And they mean business – literally. The brothers have added a business center with computers, office chairs, and even gourmet coffee. The building is wired for Wi-Fi, with carpeted hallways. High-backed chairs surround a large conference table in a glassed-in, “boardroom-esque” conference room. [More]