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Hawaii Self Storage is providing free space to charities that lack sufficient storage for holiday donations that have not yet been distributed. “Finding a cool, dry and secure space to store the largesse while awaiting distribution can be a problem,” reports the Honolulu Star Advisor, “so Hawaii Self Storage is donating use of 300 step-up storage units at its...

SmartStop Asset Management is a real estate development company with a primary interest in self storage. But with the recent acquisition of a large apartment complex, it’s clear the company is looking to diversify. SmartStop currently has 87 self storage properties in the United States and Canada. This current portfolio comes after the company sold 121 locations...

Portland, Oregon is at the center of a self storage shortage, with facilities filled to capacity and new ones being built at a breakneck pace to meet the demand. “The Portland metro area has grown by more than 630,000 people in the last fifteen years, creating a housing shortage and pushing extra bodies into smaller spaces,” reports Portland’s KOIN 6. “According...

Lien auctions are an unfortunate, but necessary, aspect of the self storage business: they allow companies to recoup some of their losses if someone uses the rental services and doesn’t pay for them. Occasionally the winner of a lien auction becomes the new owner of something truly odd—like a person’s ashes. This is exactly what happened six months ago at a...

Wandsworth Foodbank in the UK has reported a 25-percent increase in the need for food parcel handouts, and has turned to Safestore—the UK’s largest, and Europe’s second largest, self storage provider—to help store the inventory through the new year. “Labour MP for the region, Rosena Allin-Khan made the request to Safestore after meeting representatives...

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    The Amy’s Self Storage facility in Harker Heights, Texas took advantage of the holidays to remember the First Responders in its community by delivering notes of gratitude and treats to both the city’s police and fire departments. “Merry Christmas First Responders,” the company’s blog read. “Thank you for all you do.” This small act of kindness is one...

    Apple Self Storage—a Canadian company with 26 facilities in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia—announced this fall that it would conduct a companywide charity drive to benefit the ABLE Network. Two years ago, the company succeeded in raising $6000 for the charity; last year they raised the bar to $10,510. As with those drives, the money for this year’s...

    The key purpose of self storage is to give people more free space in their home or workplace. It’s this free space that makes better organization—an important goal for nearly everyone—possible. Amy’s Self Storage in Copperas Cove, Texas, wants to help one lucky person achieve his or her organizational goals. The company is holding a contest on their Facebook...

    StorageMart, the largest privately owned self storage company in the world, recently announced that it has increased its holdings with the purchase of an existing facility in Chicago. The five-story building has nearly 30,000 square feet of storage space divided across 462 units. “We’re bringing ‘easy, clean, service’ to the West Side,” said StorageMart...

    A Salvation Army branch in Virginia must find a new location for next year’s Christmas Depot. For nearly a decade, Mini Price Self Storage has generously donated its 80,000-square-foot warehouse for the charity event. But next year, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, the Virginia Beach building will be used for a new, undisclosed business purpose. “I...