Industry News

The Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metropolitan area has been a hotbed of self storage activity in recent years due to a population boom and subsequent increase in storage demand. Plano, Texas—located northeast of the DFW metro area—has also seen a significant increase in population, and the self storage industry has taken notice. Construction on two new facilities...

UK-based Access Self Storage announced the donation of more than 150 gifts to Ashford Place, a charity that offers support to the homeless and to those who suffer with mental illness or addiction. Two of the company’s locations—Cricklewood and Neasden—served as drop-off points for people to donate canned food, new toiletries and hygiene items, cleaning products,...

Winter affects people in different ways. Some are enchanted by the sparkling snow and frigid temperatures while others are simply counting the days until spring. United Kingdom-based Safestore hopes that people—whatever their feelings are about the season—will express themselves in writing by entering the company’s Winter Wonderland Writing Competition. Safestore...

Self storage facilities have been known to provide display space for art shows. When Viking Self Storage in Bedford, England recently did so, the company wanted to make sure it benefited a local charitable organization. The art show was held on December 14 and was hosted inside six storage units. The community was invited to browse the art and enjoy holiday refreshments...

Loveland, Colorado-based Firehouse Self Storage recently wrapped up a “Toys for Tots” Drive. The community-outreach event—designed to collect Christmas presents for underprivileged children—included collection boxes at the facility and ran from November 1-December 15. “It takes everyone in the community coming together to be able to help our neighbors in...

In September, Maria Rackley, a Big Yellow Self Storage team member in Ilford, England, became the driving force behind the facility’s promotion of a holiday shoe box project. The facility put out a request to its customers and the wider community for shoe boxes in good condition. All the donated shoe boxes were to be filled with small gifts, candy, and educational...

Across the country, self storage companies are acquiring dilapidated or abandoned buildings to revive them into thriving, modern self storage facilities. Communities often welcome the transformation as part of a revitalizing and beautifying effort—especially as the self-storage industry at large is placing greater emphasis on architectural design and neighborhood-appropriateness. In...

Westy Self Storage in Hackensack, New Jersey has a long tradition of serving in its community. One of its key charitable partnerships this year has been with Making-It-Home. On December 6, the non-profit organization held a breakfast event at the Westy facility to recognize the self storage company and other partners who have made this holiday season a success. Making-It-Home...

The self-storage industry at large is philanthropic throughout the year, but even more so during the holiday season. Many are currently working with organizations that benefit the homeless. UK-based Safestore Self Storage joined forces with Human Appeal, a Muslim faith-based organization located in Manchester, England, for the “Wrap Up Manchester” campaign. The...

10 Federal Storage of Graham, North Carolina, recently announced it has leased all 155 units after only six months in business. The fully automated, completely unmanned facility is near Elon University, and has appealed to a market of younger renters. In a recent article for Inside Self Storage, Teri Lanza describes why self storage operators who connect with millennials—people...