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One of the many hard decisions that a self storage company has to make is figuring out when or if it is time to expand. This could be simply making an existing facility larger or moving in to an entirely new market. SpaceWays, a new self storage company based out of Berlin, opened its London facility in July and has already decided it is time to expand in to Paris. The logic behind the moves is pretty simple. France has the second highest population in the European Union with approximately 67 million people. Just like people everywhere...

No matter where you go in the world, people need space. Consumers in the United States have made that clear with a self storage industry that boasts more than 50,000 facilities nationwide. While Australia’s total is nowhere near the U.S., the industry has been growing in recent years. One of the country’s leading providers, Storage King, recently opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Helensvale, Queensland. Steel Storage, a company that designs, constructs, and operates self storage facilities around the world, was contracted...

Growth. That word is synonymous with the Store Room, a Manchester-headquartered self-storage company in the United Kingdom. They expanded all six of their facilities and have increased its workforce by 10 percent. They were able to accomplish this because they secured a long-term loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking lent them almost 4 million dollars through their Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS). This program gives a one percent discount for businesses for the life of their loan. Jeremy Bradburn, owner...

It never hurts for a self storage facility to take a metaphorical step back and think, “How can I be better?” It’s not that anything is wrong, but can it be improved? All Storage, a self storage company with facilities in Texas and Oklahoma, decided at the beginning of the year that it did have some things that could be better. Enough so that the company decided to rebrand itself. “We wanted our brand’s image to be as good as our product,” CEO Jay Schuminsky says. A rebranding effort meant the company was going to do more than...

OpenTech Alliance, Inc. recently announced the launch of their new rating tool called ICARE About Quality. This tool is available free of charge for self storage managers who use OpenTech’s INSOMNIAC Live! automated kiosk and call center services. ICARE will help owners provide critical feedback on how calls are handled. OpenTech’s new tool works hand-in-hand with their call center. Self storage managers, the call center’s QA staff, team leaders, and self storage counselors will use ICARE to listen to calls received, evaluate how...

A-1 Self Storage has a long history of donating to a vast array of charitable causes, and they recently made another donation to Youth and Leaders Living Actively San Diego. Like many youth-based programs, YALLA tries to motivate the 200 boys and girls that they work with to go to college, but they do it in a rather unique way: They use soccer as their educational medium. With soccer being one of the easiest games for anyone to participate in, the organization aims to help kids learn how to come together and work toward a common goal and...

Metro Self Storage is finally ready to build a new self storage facility in Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The facility will have more than 100,00 square feet. It has been a rocky road to get to this point, and they have had to overcome many concerns from local residents. There was a 28-year-old restriction that controlled what could and couldn’t be built on the property. Until recently, the use was limited to only a retail development or a marina. In 1996, a developer submitted an application to the city requesting approval...

In the current market many self storage companies appear to believe in the old saying you can never have too much of a good thing. With the self storage industry one of the most reliable investments in real estate in recent years many companies are working hard to expand their holdings in the industry. LifeStorage can be counted as one such company. Over the last couple years LifeStorage has been engaged in an aggressive expansion. It appears that the company has no intention of slowing down either. The now California based company has...

A Security Self Storage facility in Wichita, Kansas, is in the process of adding two new buildings to its facility on East Central. The addition will significantly increase its rental space. The facility currently has 404 units. With the addition of the two new buildings, the facility will have an additional 10,500 square feet and 40 more units of various sizes. Many of the units will have 10-foot roll-up doors that will provide customers maximum use of the space. Many of the new units will also be climate controlled. The addition will...

At one time, people had to dig up their phonebooks to locate the contact information for a self storage facility. Now they have websites like StorageUnit.com that tell them that—and so much more. People are always on the move and they don’t have time to wait until they get home to look up a website on the internet. Sometimes they need to look it up on the go. For a site that is not mobile-friendly, that could mean missing out on a lot of potential visitors. StorageUnit.com understands that the use of mobile devices is trending upward...