Self Stroage Industry News

Posted on May 15 2014 - 9:29pm by Winnie Hsiu

Holy cow! Sometimes there’s news that makes you shake your head. Then there is news that almost makes you quake in your boots. That’s how I felt when I learned about what one man purchased in an auction of a self storage unit.

We’ve reported that there have been some very unique finds in self storage auctions. Once, there was a dead body in the casket. (That was the renter’s grandmother.) And World War II medals have been found in units that were auctioned. But yesterday’s find takes the cake. At least in my humble opinion.

A man purchased the contents of a storage unit at New Highlands Self Storage in Bartow, Florida. When he went to pick up the items from the unit, he found a box labeled “Caution live grenade.” This really shook up the man.

He called the County Sheriff’s Office who in turn called the state’s Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire marshal X-rayed the grenade and determined that it was live. And dangerous. Very dangerous. They took it off the premises and disposed of the grenade later in the day.

The self storage facility was closed and checked for other explosive devices. None were found. The fire marshal is investigating the incident and trying to figure out who the owner of the storage unit was and deciding whether or not to press charges against him.

In other news in the self storage industry, West Coast Self-Storage Partners chose as a way to increase their online marketing presence.

“At West Coast Self-Storage, it is our mission to provide customers with the kind of attentive service that exceeds their expectations,” said John Eisenbarth, VP of Operations for West Coast Self-Storage. “The people at understand how we do business, and with 25 locations in Oregon, Washington, and California, we believe this partnership will increase traffic to all of them.”

West Coast Self-Storage Group is a Self-Storage Property Management, Development, and Acquisition Company. They have 25 facilities throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. is the largest online directory of self storage facilities. This means that potential customers can easily locate a facility that is in their own community or one that is clear across the United States. Their list includes national REITs and independent facilities in all large cities in the country as well as smaller metropolitan areas. Customers get a simple and unbiased online shopping experience using

Sources Used:

“Live Grenade Found in Storage Unit in Bartow.” The Ledger; 14 May 2014.

“West Coast Self-Storage Partners with to Boost Online Presence.” PRWeb; 15 May 2014.

West Coast Self-Storage.