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Self Storage Facility Puts a Little Heart into its Work

by John Stevens June 14, 2011 12:09 PM
A California self storage facility has combined customer appreciation with a charity donation and added a special surprise for one lucky customer as well. Storage Express, a state of the art self storage facility in Lancaster, Calif., will be hosting a “Super Sale” yard sale on July 9th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Bureau. [More]

Extra Space Storage Busy Celebrating Opening of New Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens June 10, 2011 11:43 AM
Extra Space Storage celebrates the opening of two new facilities this month, spanning the country. Yesterday, the company held its grand opening for its Carson, Calif., facility and tomorrow, June 11, it will be celebrating the opening of a new facility in Miami, Fla. [More]

Self Storage Business Booming for Extra Space Storage in Singapore

by John Stevens June 8, 2011 7:59 AM
Since Singapore’s Extra Space Storage opened in 2007, it has reflected a phenomenal leap in business of almost 13 times from its $4.8 million value when it first opened self storage facilities on the island nation. In the fiscal year 2010, total company assets were worth $62 million. Extra Space keeps an edge over its competitors because it puts an emphasis on service, offering customers highly personalized treatment. [More]

As Spring Tornadoes Tear Apart Businesses, Self Storage Should Be Prepared

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 7:37 AM
As an F-5 tornado began to form near Joplin, Mo., around dinner time on Sunday, May, 22, the tornado sirens went off only 20 minutes before the tornado hit. The three-quarter-mile-wide tornado left 141 dead, cut a six-mile swath crushing nearly a third of the southwest Missouri city, and pounded 2,000 buildings, self storage facilities among them. Within a matter of seconds, your self storage facility could be without power, phones, cell service and the Internet. And the threat of catastrophic damage to the building is extreme. Tornadoes have battered the country this spring, killing more than 500 people, mostly in the south. Twisters have even struck in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Experts warn businesses to be prepared for when nature strikes. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Find Solutions as New Orleans’ Small Businesses Face a Critical Blow

by John Stevens May 31, 2011 10:46 AM
Avondale Self Storage is among the 400 small businesses struggling to find a way to survive as New Orleans’ largest manufacturing employer prepares to close and leave the state with 5,000 jobless, a move that could cripple the city’s economy. [More]

As Mississippi Flood Waters Rise, People Turn to Self Storage Facilities in Record Numbers

by John Stevens May 23, 2011 7:11 AM
The grand Mississippi River has turned into a swelling monster by rainfall and snowmelt, forcing people to flee their homes and seek refuge for their belongings in the safety of self storage. Those self storage facilities at a safe distance from the floodwaters are seeing record-high occupancy rates, surpassing what was seen after Hurricane Katrina five years ago. [More]

Emerging Wireless Security Technology Gaining Momentum in Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens May 16, 2011 8:34 AM
The success of a storage facility depends on its ability to keep a tenant’s items safe and secure. New security technology available to self storage owners and operators engages tenants in the process and can generate more income while saving money on avoiding higher-priced security systems. The new radio-frequency (RF) wireless-alert systems warn self-storage tenants of a possible intrusion via text message within 60 seconds of an incident. [More]

Good Land, Good Location, Good Timing Means Building RV/Boat Storage is a Good Idea

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 8:25 AM
If you’ve got a lot of land, a good location by water and good timing, then building a RV/boat storage facility might be a good business move. Today’s economy has made land costs cheap, steel prices low and concrete readily available and low-cost. Construction crews are also itching to find work. All of these factors combine to create a good time to construct a profitable RV/boat storage. [More]

Awards of Distinction Given to Self Storage Businesses in U.S. and Canada

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
Three self storage facilities have recently won notable awards for excellence in their industry. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Education Foundation recently named the Houston-based Proguard Self Storage a Winner of Distinction. Extra Space Storage of Estero, Fla., just accepted the David Graham Memorial Award for Excellence in Development. And Convey-All Industries Inc., a manufacturer of conveyor systems for a wide range of industrial uses and owner of Winkler Mini Storage in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, received the Award for Business Excellence at the Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 2011 P.W. Enns Business Awards. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Court College Students Leaving Campus for Summer

by John Stevens May 11, 2011 7:27 AM
College students are the best customers for many self storage businesses this time of year. What other large demographic lives for nine months out of the year in one place and three months in another? They are consistent self storage customers and self storage businesses are working in high gear to attract their attention as semesters wrap up for the summer. [More]
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