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If you ever ask someone where they are from and they say they aren’t from one specific area, that generally means they grew up in a military family. Military families move around a lot. SpareFoot understands the moving challenges that these military families face. Because of that, SpareFoot announced that they are partnering with the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to assist military families with their permanent change of station (PCS). SpareFoot’s MilitaryStorage.com philosophy is simple: Move in and move on. With all of...

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 in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. “With the overwhelming turnout at last year’s show, we all knew that this would become an annual event,” said David Blum,...

US Storage Centers recently acquired a portfolio of self storage facilities in Tucson, Arizona. They acquired two facilities that have a combined total of 77,750 square feet of rentable space and 948 units. They will soon be rebranding the facilities to the US Storage Centers brand. “2014 has been about executing our plan for strategic growth in our core markets and especially in Arizona. We now have a significant footprint in the Greater Phoenix market and with the acquisition of these two well-located assets we have now stretched our...

We all want more money. We want to make more of it so we can spend it on all the things that we want and/or need. We want it so that when we retire we can do as we wish and not worry about paying bills. So how do we earn more money? Well—we could get lucky and win the lottery, be a famous actor or athlete that makes millions, or make some stellar investments—like in the self storage industry. For a number of years now the self storage industry has been one of the most reliable investments in real estate. People and businesses have...

How would it be to be featured on a national television show? Think of the exposure that would give your self storage business. That’s a lot of free advertising! Lock Up Self Storage was recently featured on NewsWatch as part of its monthly Biz Report. The Biz Report looks at small and medium sized companies and the impact that they have in their industry. Mallory Sofastaii, a host of NewsWatch, investigated and reviewed the company and shared her findings on the show. One of the things she highlighted was Lock Up’s recently released...

Americans need space. They just don’t want to be bothered when it comes to finding it or moving things around to create it if they don’t have to. All that takes time and in today’s busy, busy world that’s time we just don’t have. So—what if there was a self storage company that did most of the work for you? The type of company is called valet self storage, and while there are not many of them just yet the number is starting to grow requiring them to become creative in an effort to remain competitive. However, like traditional...

    Posted on Jul 23 2014 - 10:24pm by Holly Robinson
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    Developers for a proposed self storage facility in South Vallejo have reached a compromise with the city council. Both sides appear to be pleased with the agreement. Five months ago back in March, the developer proposed to the city to build a 925 mini storage facility. The lot was at the corner of Sonoma Boulevard and Solano Avenue and sat on 3.9 acres. The neighboring business owners raised the typical concerns – aesthetic, traffic, crime, and economic impact. The planning commission recommended that the facility be prohibited. However,...

    Sometimes people need help. That’s just the way it is. Sometimes they become seriously ill or lose their homes or have trouble putting food on the table. The possibilities are regrettably endless which has to make it a challenge for some companies—self storage and otherwise—to decide who to help. How do you decide to aid and who not to? What makes one cause more worthy than the other? How much or what do you give? It can be difficult to figure out because you want to make the most of what you donate, but you also hate to leave anyone...

      Posted on Jul 22 2014 - 9:17pm by Tony Gonzalez
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      Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest for 2014 announced today the names of a group of people that will help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Christina Alvino, marketing manager for Guardian Storage, was listed as one of those special 50 people. This award recognizes people for their professional and philanthropic efforts in Pittsburgh. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will honor Alvino at a special event that honors 25 men and 25 women that are outstanding in the community. She has committed to raise money to help the foundation and...

      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 watching the self storage industry perform consistently well in recent years more and more investors have learned that putting your money in to self storage is a pretty...