The job of a self storage facility is pretty cut and dry. People want to store things so they rent a self storage unit and do just that.
However, if you look at a self storage facilities purpose in a metaphorical sense it is not just to store stuff. Everything inside a self storage unit says something about the person renting it from their clothes to their toys, and even the framed poster of dogs playing poker. They speak of where a person’s been, how they lived, and what they did for fun.
A self storage facility does more than just store things for people. It preserves a piece of their history. Like the people that rent storage units the self storage industry has history as well. Like the history of its tenants it, too, deserves to be preserved.
For example, take the first self storage facility of the modern era, the A-1 U-Store-It U-Lock-It U-Carry-the-Key in Odessa, Texas.
The facility was opened by Russ Williams and his stepson Bob Munn back in 1964. The two liked to go fishing in their down time, but needed a place to store their gear. They also needed a place for their oilfield equipment since oilfield work had become more difficult to obtain.
After putting their heads together they came up with an idea. Why not create a place for people to store whatever they feel needs storing?
With that the first self storage facility was born.
Since then the Industry has grown and expanded across the country as well as the rest of the world. In the process it has become a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry in the United States alone. The industry is even a part of mainstream America thanks to numerous reality television shows.
However, while the industry was in the process of growing and becoming a multi-billion dollar a piece of its history was being left behind. A-1 U-Store-It U-Lock-It U-Carry-the-Key fell in to disrepair and was abandoned by its owners.
That is not the end of the story though!
In 2013 the building was purchased by a couple of local businessmen, Ted Tuminoski and Ron Chestnutt, who were totally unaware of what they had just bought. They knew they were getting a self storage facility, but they just thought it was just another facility. As they set about the long, arduous process of renovating it they discovered just how old the facility was.
Chestnut told the Sparefoot Storage Beat the walls were in good shape, but the roof needed to go, “We didn’t realize when we got it that the roof was in as bad of shape as it was,” Tuminoski added.
They ended up spending around $150,000 to repair and renovate the facility and make it suitable for public use again, but the story was not over yet!
After rejuvenating the first self storage facility they renamed it Outa Space Storage before opening up for business. With a simple name change, just like many other times throughout history, the old gave way to the new and the circle of life continued.