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The Story of Upton Self Storage in Massachusettes

by Holly Robinson April 21, 2014 8:49 PM
Art Scalise of Upton, Massachusetts, is an entrepreneur. Thirty years ago, he launched his first business, which was an alarm company. Things were going well. In 1998, he got a call from a company in Sturbridge, which is a city that was about 38 miles away. Would he install an alarm system in a self storage facility? [More]

Every One—or Nine--Counts in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson April 16, 2014 11:59 PM
A common excuse people use for not voting is the belief that their single vote does not make a difference out of the millions that are going to be cast (for a presidential election at least). Voting advocates are quick to point out that every vote is a single vote; that the power comes from combining individual votes to form a whole. [More]

In Case You Needed a Good Reason to Break in to the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson April 15, 2014 11:31 PM
Investing in or starting a business is an incredibly tough decision to make. From choosing what you are going to do to laying the groundwork and getting the business of the ground the time commitment is intense to say the least—as is the financial one. So you have to be careful what you choose. Just because the self storage industry has been a good investment does that necessarily mean that it will continue to be one? [More]

A Self Storage Facility Slated to be Built in Elmont Gets Tax Breaks

by Holly Robinson April 11, 2014 3:49 PM
An industrial development agency in Elmont, Nassau County on Long Island, unanimously agreed to give a prospective self storage facility a sales tax exemption. The exemption consists of $258,750 and $20,475 off the mortgage recording tax. Also, the property tax bill will be frozen for three years. After that, it will slightly increase over the next 12 years. [More]

Storage One Self Storage Seeks Rezoning to Build a New Facility

by Holly Robinson April 9, 2014 7:51 PM
The Violet Township Board of Trustees held a meeting to consider rezoning some property to allow Storage One Self Storage to build a facility in their township. Local residents and those from a neighboring subdivision in the city of Pickerington attended to express both support and opposition to the zoning change. [More]

Big Yellow Self Storage in the UK Has a Unique Interactive Campaign

by Holly Robinson April 8, 2014 10:04 PM
A laser cannon moves horizontally back and forth on the bottom of the computer screen. The player fires at descending aliens that scurry back and forth horizontally on the screen as they advance toward the bottom of the screen. The more aliens hit by the cannon, the more aliens that descend in waves that come faster and faster. What game is this? It’s Space Invaders, an all-time classic arcade game released in 1978. [More]

Can There Ever Be Too Much Security for a Self Storage Facility?

by Holly Robinson April 4, 2014 11:04 PM
Can there be such a thing as too much security? Can a self storage facility actually take too many precautions to insure that what tenants entrust in to their care remains safe? Ask the tenant and the answer is probably no—that is, until they see how much their rent is. [More]

In the Self Storage News

by Holly Robinson April 4, 2014 9:39 PM
Three years ago, Stuff Hotel, a San Antonio-based self storage business, installed solar panels on one of their facilities. The facility was a test case for them. They wanted to see how much savings they got before putting solar panels on their other facilities.

The company installed a 28-kilowatt solar array at their facility at the 9018 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway location. Recently, they added more solar panels and expanded their system by another 21-kilowatts. [More]

Joshua Self Storage Auction to Benefit Skydiving Accident Victim

by Holly Robinson March 31, 2014 2:04 PM
On January 25, sixteen-year old Makenzie Wethington, from Joshua, Texas, made a static-line skydiving jump. (That is where a parachute is attached to a line that automatically opens the parachute after the person jumps from the plane.)

Her parachute opened but then Makenzie went into spiral fall. She fell approximately 3,500 feet to the ground and suffered a broken lumbar spine, a broken pelvis, a broken shoulder blade, and several broken ribs. Her liver was damaged and one of her teeth was knocked out. [More]

Extra Space Storage Concludes Annual Conference

by Holly Robinson March 27, 2014 5:14 PM
that is where Extra Space Storage recently held its annual Partner Conference. [More]
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