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John Stevens

John Stevens from Extraspace.com reports on the thriving self storage industry in the Pacific Rim and around the world with information from sources such as AsiaOne Business magazine, Inside Self Storage and operator websites. John is an avid blogger and outdoor enthusiast.

Millions of people from around the world flocked to the country of Brazil for the 2014 World Cup earlier this summer. Come fall there will not be millions of people–likely not too many from outside of Brazil and neighboring countries—heading back to Brazil, but not for a soccer tournament No, they’ll be going to the Second Annual Latin America Self Storage Expo...

There is an old saying that most of us have probably head at one time or another (especially if you have played sports)—go big or go home. Loosely translated that means if you are going to do something you might as well go all out ad leave nothing in reserve. While the saying is a great one in the sports world the same could also be said in the self storage industry. After...

Severe weather battered the Plains and Midwest in June. These thunderstorms pounded Minnesota with rain. At one point, 170 airplane flights were canceled due to the heavy rains and tornado-like winds. The week of June 20th brought seven significant tornado activities – and all of this rain is affecting Johnson’s Mini-Storage in Brainerd, Minnesota. Two things have...

Self storage lien auctions have been a part of the business for years, but they did become a part of modern pop culture until someone decided that the auction process made for interesting and compelling television. That moment came back in 2010 when A&E first aired Storage Wars. Subject matter alone is not enough to make for good reality television. You have to have...

People will always need space. That’s the good thing about working in the self storage industry. A facility is more likely to run out of space itself these days than sit around half empty. From personal use to business Americans appreciate self storage for what it is, and they do not appear to be going anywhere else anytime soon to meet their needs. So if providing people...

Less Mess Storage just bought a 5-store portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe, Also, there are 3 self storage stores in Prague and Less Mess owns two of them. They also own the 2 stores in Warsaw, Poland. Why is Eastern Europe such a ripe market? Peter Smith, Chairman of the Board and Corporate Vice-President of Less Mess Storage, feels that Prague and Warsaw have gone...

No doubt about it but the self storage industry is growing in the Asia and the Pacific Rim area of the world. Let’s take a moment to look at the self storage landscape in Asia. While the self storage industry as a whole is relatively new to Asia, it is well established in Hong Kong and Singapore. Even though the business is established there, many people are still not...

Cage Self storage in Carroll Township, Pennsylvania, announced that they are expanding their current facility. This addition will include two new buildings that are climate controlled. Barbara Doty, manager of Cage Self Storage, indicated that their facility has a long waiting list of customers who want to rent climate controlled units. Based on that information, they...

Self storage companies are known for doing a lot more than just storing people’s belongings. Along with giving tenants a little sanity now that their homes/offices are cleaner and more organized many of them go to great lengths to do what they can in the community. From donating space for charity drives, holding yard sales, and much, much more there is almost no end...

One self storage business’s no is another one’s yes. Six years ago, a self storage business wanted to convert an empty industrial building in Northbrook, Illinois, into a self storage facility. The village said no. Today, the village is singing a different song and gave the green light to a completely different self storage business to use the empty building. Why the...