• Facility Spotlight: Signature Self Storage
    Many an entrepreneur longs for the days of old when a storage facility seemed to fill itself. In British Columbia, where competition is no less intense than the States, Signature Self Storage managed a neat time-traveling trick. The Coquitlam store opened last July with no ...More
    April 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Real Estate Roundup: The Southeast States
    This month, I gathered a roundtable of experts to discuss how the storage industry is faring in the Southeast. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our roundtable panel includes: Bill Barnhill and Stuart LaGroue, Omega Properties Inc., ...More
    April 1, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Premier Self Storage
    Premier Self Storage--Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia. Self-storage in Australia is a relatively small but growing industry, underpinned by the increasing trend in the country's capital cities towards smaller households and inner-city apartment living, and ongoing ...More
    April 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Canadians Beware When Building
    All-metal construction is faster to build and better suited to self-storage. As a long-time contractor, I have seen Canadian self-storage buildings constructed from just about everything but goat cheese and beer cans. Especially in the industry’s early years, facility ...More
    April 1, 2006 Bert Balas Posted in Articles
  • Sao Paulo Start-Up Forges Success, Brazilian Style
    The thing that strikes you the most when flying over or driving around Sao Paulo is the concrete forest of high-rise residences. They’re everywhere, and so are countless cranes, busily building more. In a city somewhat defined by the river that runs through it, and the ...More
    April 1, 2006 David Blum Posted in Articles
  • Bird’s-Eye View of Canadian Self-Storage
    Over the last five years, Canada’s supply of self-storage has ballooned. The three most developed urban markets are the Vancouver Lower Mainland, Greater Toronto and Halifax, each of which has 2 to 2.5 square feet per capita. Considerable new development also is ...More
    April 1, 2006 Candace Watson Posted in Articles
  • Land Down Under
    Kennards is the largest operator in Australia. This three-story Port Melbourne facility, built from the ground up for self-storage, has more than 1,000 units. No question about it, self-storage in Australasia will grow like a King Kong koala in the coming year. Economic ...More
    April 1, 2006 Rennie Schafer Posted in Articles
  • Speaking of Sales...
    Self-storage titillates investors’ appetites because there are so many ways to push profits. On one hand, this is a demand-driven business that people need. Study your market correctly, build a nice facility on a good piece of ground, and customers will come to you. Once ...More
    April 1, 2006 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage on Holiday
    In 2005, Italy-based Casaforte Self Storage expanded its holdings to 12 working facilities, with several more slated to open in the next 1.5 years. The company has enjoyed much success with branding and specialized services in urban locales. It’s forged a recognizable, ...More
    April 1, 2006 Sabrina Tordo Posted in Articles
  • High-Powered Marketing
    Yesterday, I addressed a recent inquiry I received from a self-storage manager whose market is becoming increasing competitive (whose isn't?). She had a legitimate concern because her income is based on weekly facility revenue. One solution? Some heavy-handed marketing ...More
    March 30, 2006 Posted in Blogs