• Program Partners Shurgard With Independent Operators
    ISS: We understand you have been meeting with independent operators at recent tradeshows. What have you learned? Independent operators are keenly concerned about ways to improve their competitiveness and remain independent. They want to be able to compete effectively in ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Eastlake's Newest and Best
    The coastline of southern California has provided many opportunities for developers over the past century. In San Diego County, the five-year-old economic recovery has brought tens of thousands of new jobs into the area and has resulted in an unprecedented need for housing. ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Promoting Self-Storage in European Markets
    Over the last three years, it's been fascinating to watch and be part of the change to first the United Kingdom self-storage sector and now that of Europe. When our fit-out company stumbled across the self-storage industry in 1998, there were approximately 130 facilities in ...More
    December 1, 2001 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Landmark Interest Corp.
    The history of Landmark Interest Corp. and its president/owner, M. David Boothe, began 40 years ago in the residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial construction markets. Seven years ago, Landmark's focus changed with Boothe's first self-storage project. Since ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • The Humanized Computer
    Those of you familiar with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey will remember HAL 9000, the computer that was an interesting combination of trusted servant and omnipotent master. Although portrayed as ludicrously futuristic, the day of the HAL-9000 computer is rapidly ...More
    December 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Thoughts From the Road
    As I write this column, I have just completed my eigth airplane trip since our national tragedy on Sept. 11. At the end of my flight from San Diego to Philadelphia, a flight attendant got on the public-address system and sang "God Bless America." The applause from the ...More
    December 1, 2001 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Facility Maintenance
    As the fall and winter months approach, it is not only time to think about outdoor maintenance of your facility, but also maintenance of your office entry and area. The office is the first point of appeal a prospective tenant will see. It is imperative it be neat, tidy and ...More
    November 1, 2001 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Containerization: A New Marketing Edge
    The simplest and most profitable type of self-storage operation is one that operates as a commodity. It offers conventional self-storage units with no bells or whistles. If an owner can operate that way, stay full and apply steady rate increases over time, he is in ...More
    November 1, 2001 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • The Female Persuasion
    When self-storage owner Henry Oxnard began the design for a new facility, he took his employees' concerns to heart. "It started with the reluctance of our female employees to take inside units," explains Oxnard, who offers a free unit to all employees. "That evolved into ...More
    November 1, 2001 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • The Northeast
    I spend a good deal of time talking to real estate brokers all across this great country of ours. I am hearing some of them report the universal glow the industry has basked in for the last couple of years is now turning into cautious optimism in some regions of the ...More
    November 1, 2001 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles