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All kinds of buildings have been converted into self storage facilities over the years, including the occasional historic building. So it may not be surprising that a 102-year-old building in Worcester, Massachusetts may become self storage. The building’s most recent tenant was the Boys and Girls Club, but it has been vacant for more than a decade. It is in obvious...

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    RedBin, a new player in the “on-demand” storage segment, was the recent focus of a Bloomberg report by Patrick Clark centering on this emerging niche in the self-storage industry. Also known as “valet” storage, the February 4 article set out to measure “on-demand’s” slice in the industry’s pie. Oakdale self-storage facility owner Tom Anderson launched...

    With close to 50,000 self-storage facilities in the United States, it’s hard to believe there could an underserved area. But there is—Columbus, Ohio. And now, one developer is trying to do something about it. Brexton LLC will be constructing a six story self-storage facility in the Brewery District of Columbus. Ohio. The company has received conditional approval...

    The United Kingdom’s Self Storage Association (SSA UK) has invited travel business guru James Lohan to give the keynote address at its upcoming Chamonix Ski Workshop March 1-4. Lohan and his wife, Tamara Heber-Percy run a luxury travel brand, Mr & Mrs Smith. Building a successful brand in the travel guide business has been a lesson in using technology and...

    It appears Compass Self Storage’s aggressive expansion plans will continue in 2016. The company has acquired its second facility of this year—this one in Taunton, Massachusetts. The facility, which is the 63rd for the company, has more than 44,000 square feet of rentable storage space. And while there are no plans to expand the building, the company does plan...

    Serving as the official trade organization and voice of the U.S. and international self-storage industry for 40 years, the Self Storage Association (SSA) board of directors elected Personal Mini Storage president Marc M. Smith as its 2016 chairman. Personal Mini Storage is Central Florida’s largest family-owned storage operator. Smith, an industry expert, has...

    As much as people like to have space to suit their needs, they often resist having self-storage facilities that provide space in their neighborhood. This fact alone makes the lack of objections at Monday night’s New Hanover County commissioner’s meeting a little surprising. That could be because the facility had previously been approved for construction. Plans...

    E! Entertainment founder Alan Mruvka made a bold move when he opened his self-storage company last April, StorageBlue. Mruvka didn’t stop there—he’s now opened a valet self-storage branch, StorageBlue Now. “It’s like an extension of your walk-in closet, it’s easy, economic, and life changing for anyone who lives in a cluttered apartment or house,” Mruvka...

    Self-storage facilities are often blamed for making neighborhoods less aesthetically pleasing.  But more and more, the once unappealing buildings are adding to the aesthetics of the surrounding communities. Opposition surrounding community councils opposing self-storage facilities is often based on aesthetics. Often overlooked is the fact that sometimes self-storage...

    The close of January marked Self-Storage Talk’s (SST) eighth birthday. Recognized as the largest online community in the self-storage industry since its launch in 2008, SST recently surpassed the 8,000-member mark. The online community is the official forum of Inside Self-Storage, with educational offerings that include ISS magazine, the annual ISS Expo, an extensive...