Industry News

The self-storage industry has experienced extensive growth in recent years. During this same period, a new segment of the industry—valet, or on-demand, self storage—has also enjoyed considerable growth throughout the world. Recently, in California’s Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley), Brute Storage has begun to offer its own brand of valet service. The...

UK-based Big Yellow Storage has a soft spot for comedy. It recently sponsored the Tringe Comedy Festival, and now one of its own is going for comic gold. Ryan Dalton, an employee at the Kingston Big Yellow location in southwest London, recently performed a 45-minute comedy show at the Kingston International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF). “Ryan has devised his original...

Kure It Cancer Research is a charity that has been raising money to assist under-funded cancer research for many years. During an upcoming event, they will celebrate the life of the organization’s founder, Barry Hoeven. Hoeven, who was a longtime vet of the self-storage industry, had his own fight with cancer that began in 1998 when he was diagnosed with kidney...

Metro Storage has had an active year thus far, and it appears the company does not plan on slowing down anytime soon. The company recently announced that it had purchased land on which it will develop its 23rd self-storage facility in the Chicagoland area. “This is another great opportunity to expand and leverage the Metro brand in the Chicago area,”...

Morristown, New Jersey is often considered a stop on the line, not a destination. The township wants to change that conception, and a proposed storage facility might contribute to the effort by featuring a 2,600 square-foot art facility on the premises. Town planners are anxious that the five-story, 100,000 square-foot self-storage center will continue a neighborhood...

Converting buildings is a common way to create self-storage facilities. Large buildings like empty grocery or department stores, office buildings, or hardware stores with lumber yards—each large and spacious—are clear options for conversion. A less obvious choice for a building conversion is a grain elevator, but developers are looking to convert one in Minneapolis,...

Around the holidays, it is quite common for companies to become involved in charitable drives to ensure that those in need have heat, clothing, food, and toys. Devon Self Storage is also working to make sure that people in three of its communities are able to have sufficient food during the long summer months. Devon Self Storage owns 57 properties in 17 states, primarily...

Stan Scott of Fort Collins Self Storage, LLC planned to begin construction on his latest facility in March, but the previous residents weren’t quite ready to move along. The tenants—a large community of prairie dogs—have finally made their way to a new home and construction can now begin. It isn’t clear whether Fort Collins Self Storage chose or was forced...

A storage facility in Greensboro, North Carolina was getting nods from neighbors for its eye-pleasing design when things went south with the addition of a giant inflatable wine bottle on its front lawn. Richard M. Barron of the Greensboro News and Record took issue in a recent article, writing: “A tall, glass cube with a black roof — more mid-century home than...

Storage Solutions is a Canadian self-storage company with several facilities throughout Ontario. The company recently sponsored the Celebrate Campbellville Festival, an annual event geared towards celebrating the close-knit community. The festival was held on June 25 and featured all sorts of fun, from live bands to food trucks to an artisan market. There were activities...