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Don’t Be Surprised if More Big Dogs Start to Feast on the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 9, 2014 11:39 PM
Have you ever heard the saying (or seen the t-shirt) that if you can’t run with the big dogs you should stay on the porch? Currently the ‘big dogs’ in the self storage industry are so outnumbered that they can’t really tell the pack what to do, but it appears like there very well could be more and bigger dogs on the way! [More]

The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive in More Ways Than One in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 20, 2014 11:55 PM
In the 80’s classic movie The Secret to My Success a young Michael J. Fox starred as a young business graduate looking to make his mark in the world. Even though he had to start out in the mailroom, he had enough of the entrepreneurial spirit in him that he concocted a crazy scheme to prove his worth to the executive world and eventually took over the company. [More]

First Affiliate Owned Self Storage REIT Takes a Major Step Forward

by Holly Robinson July 17, 2013 12:08 AM
There is safety in numbers. That much history tells us. It is one of those lessons that we see time and time again and applicable to a variety of walks of life from personal to professional. Why? Because when you work together more can be accomplished whether you are the new kid in town or in a business like the self storage industry. [More]

Mom and Pop Shops Still Dominate the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson March 18, 2013 8:46 PM
In many respects corporations have taken over the business landscape steadily pushing out the little Mom and Pop shops. However there are still some industries like the self storage industry that are still largely dominated by the little guys. [More]

Self Storage Company Reaches Major Milestone

by John Stevens August 22, 2012 5:24 PM
When we were all kids there were certain milestones we looked forward to like being able to stay up a little later, being tall enough to ride the really fun rides at the fair, or taking that first driving lesson as a teenager. As much as we strive for and wish to reach personal milestones, those that companies set for themselves are just as important. [More]

Further Proof that the Self Storage Industry is a Solid Investment

by John Stevens May 14, 2012 7:09 PM
Who would have ever thought that the self storage industry would be talked about as one of the better and more reliable investments now or in any other day and age? Those that have already invested heavily in the self storage industry, that’s who! The question is, is it too late or is it still worth it to invest in the self storage industry? [More]

Time to Invest in a Self Storage REIT?

by John Stevens January 12, 2012 3:30 PM
How many times on television or in the movies has the plot of a good murder mystery evolved around a shady land deal gone bad? The concept in Hollywood is a fairly common one. Who wouldn’t be mad if they invested thousands (along with lot of other people) into a venture only to see their money go up in smoke? [More]

A Healthy Self Storage Industry is Reason for Thanks

by Tony Gonzalez November 23, 2011 9:08 PM
The number of businesses that are failing around the country can be depressing. Some goods and services just aren’t doing well giving the current economic climate. In fact, in the last year the self storage industry had over $20 billion in revenue. [More]

Another REIT Soon to Join the Self Storage Fray

by Winnie Hsiu October 18, 2011 5:37 PM
If there is one thing that can be counted on in the business world it is the fact that a good idea is going to be copied by others. It will not be copied by just a couple, but by as many people as possible until a market is saturated. As long as a business is profitable, what’s wrong with emulating success? [More]

Self Storage Industry an Industry in Transition

by Tony Gonzalez August 1, 2011 1:40 PM
Over the last 15 years, the self storage industry has grown by approximately 65 percent; a rate of growth that is respectable for any industry. However, the rate of growth in new facilities has reduced dramatically over the last four years. Last year there were less than 250 new facilities constructed. [More]
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