January 24, 2014 4:33 PM
I love watching the TV show Extreme Makeover with designer and host Ty Pennington. I love to see how they renovate and fix up homes – and how much the less fortunate families appreciate all of the work that the Extreme Makeover team does to their home.
Following after a similar theme, Manhattan Mini Storage held an extreme apartment makeover contest. They announced that Ben Raffalli is the winner – and he’s probably just as excited about his apartment makeover as those who are on the TV show. [More]
January 15, 2014 6:48 PM
Mike Cox owns 4 acres in Commack, New York. He wants to rent his property to Mobile Mini. Mobile Mini wants to use the property to store some of their empty mobile storage boxes. That sounds straightforward and shouldn’t be any problem. Right?
Not really. [More]
December 26, 2013 7:38 PM
Having a customer default on payments for a rental unit isn’t unusual in the self storage business. Typically, items left behind in those units consist of things such as furniture, household appliances, and clothing. Occasionally something unusual or intriguing turns up. Such is the case at Derrel’s Mini Storage in Modesto, California. [More]
November 12, 2013 3:07 PM
A mini self storage business. A state penitentiary. The Salvation Army. A supermarket. A trash and recycling business. A newspaper agency. Put them together and these make for rather strange bedfellows.
But then, it’s not so strange when you know that Christmas is just around the corner. These businesses from Bismarck, North Dakota, are working together on a Christmas project that will benefit the needy children in their community. [More]
November 7, 2013 9:52 PM
The saying ‘the only thing that is constant is change’ is so true. Business owners know that over time city laws change, zoning ordinances change, and the status quo changes. Greg Theriault, owner of One Stop Mini Storage, recently discovered that the status quo for part of his business has changed. [More]
November 6, 2013 8:57 PM
Larry Smith, owner of McPherson Mini-Storage in McPherson, Kansas, wants to add three more buildings to his self storage business. That should be a pretty straightforward process: get a building permit and then build them. But in this situation, it’s not that easy. [More]
October 24, 2013 9:58 PM
Monday night, the New Kent County Planning Commission (in Virginia) approved to forward a conditional use permit (CUP) for a mini-storage facility to the Board of Supervisors. Monte Brown was the person applying for the CUP. The planning commission voted 9-0 in favor of the permit. [More]
October 9, 2013 9:10 PM
Edgy. Fresh. Hip. Avant guard. These adjectives describe Manhattan Mini Storage. They are well known for their ads; some poked fun at New Yorkers, some at politicians, some at life. Regardless of the topic, they were the talk of the town.
Manhattan Mini Storage is also known for their unique customers. Remember the ‘crazy piano guy?’ The guy who stored several dismantled grand pianos at Manhattan Mini Storage and then on fair weather days wheeled out a dismantled grand piano, put it back together and then played it? Not exactly a typical customer. [More]
October 8, 2013 9:58 PM
One of the largest portfolio sales in recent self storage industry history was just finalized. Morningstar Properties sold 43 of their facilities for $315 million to Public Storage. The sale included over 2.9 million square feet in properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia. This sale is the largest portfolio sale in recent industry history and has the highest valuation for storage outside of New York City. That’s quite an accomplishment. [More]
September 16, 2013 10:11 PM
When self storage facility owners want to expand and add on to their facility, one of the many challenges they face is to secure permits and to pass and comply with zoning laws. And, those zoning laws can be a stickler.
Doug Isaacson and his son, Eric, operate A Flex Mini Storage in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier this year, they wanted to expand their facility. But, the land that they wanted to use wasn’t zoned for storage units. [More]