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Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed a prosperous career in general contracting but has decided to complete his college degree in - of all things - sociology - and enjoys blogging about his daily observations of our "human society" and other musings about life and people. He has a particular interest around the shifting economy and how society reacts to downsizing changes, not only in the "contracting" world, but in the areas of moving/storage/rental, etc.

Location is one of the biggest buzz words in the self storage industry. Choose the right one and the chance of success is high for a facility. Choose the wrong one and failure is all but guaranteed. So when Southern Self Storage was thinking of opening a new facility it made sure it picked the right location. It decided to bank on the fastest growing metro area in the...

Access Self Storage in the UK is supporting the Children’s Adventure Farms Trust’s (CAFT) upcoming Christmas parties. Access Self Storage wants people to donate new or gently used Christmas decorations such as trees, tree ornaments, lights, bells, and stockings. Donations can be dropped off at special drop-off points at any of their 53 stores. The decorations will...

Before Sam Rosen founded MakeSpace, he had a bad experience trying to find something that he had recently put in a self storage unit. That frustration got him thinking. A person could look online in Dropbox to find a photo or a file or look online through Spotify to find a song or album. He wondered why people couldn’t do the same thing with the items stored in a storage...

Budget Self Storage will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies today to celebrate the opening of its newest storage facility in Brandon, Florida. The facility is located at 607 E. Bloomingdale Avenue. The festivities will go from 4-7 p.m. There will be an interactive map and guided tour to learn about Budget’s services. Local businesses will be on hand to...

Many self storage companies take the idea of giving back to their community seriously. My Neighborhood Storage Center in Florida certainly does. The Central Florida self storage company has decided to help kids with cancer and other life threatening illnesses along with their families get some much needed support by partnering with BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. BASE...

The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis awarded StorageMart the 2014 Business of the Year TORCH Award during a luncheon ceremony held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. StorageMart received a personalized crystal trophy and will be given the TORCH Award logo to use in their advertising and marketing efforts as well as on their website. “We couldn’t be more proud,” StorageMart...

At one point in time everything was done by hand. Everything from unloading a cargo ship to running a business required personnel. Over the years automation has made it possible for companies to operate at peak efficiency with fewer personnel. It appears as if more companies in the self storage industry are starting to lean that way. A self storage facility does not require...

Ask tenants at any self storage facility around the world what their biggest concern is, and more often than not they will say security. An Australian company believes it has come up with a product that will not only help tenants feel more secure, but will benefit operators as well. Steel Storage is a company based out of Brisbane, Australia, with offices in London, Paris,...

Many people like to adhere to the philosophy “go big or go home” preferring to either make a big statement or do nothing at all. When it comes to investing that train of thought comes with a lot of risk, but that is not stopping TPG Capital from doing it anyway. The company’s real estate investment unit recently committed $121 million to LifeStorage LP, a self storage...

One of the biggest concerns people have when it comes to renting a self storage unit is security. Is it sufficient enough to turn criminals away? If not, will it help capture the bad guys? Tenants of Country Road Self Storage in Milford, Maine, can now answer in the affirmative. On the night of September 26, a pair of individuals were caught on the facility’s security...