• Self-Storage in the International Arena
    The first European self-storage facility was built in the United Kingdom in 1984, though the first self-storage facility in Continental Europe was built in Brussels at the end of the 1980s. At the beginning of the '90s, the first two French facilities were built. The first ...More
    December 1, 2001 Cesare Carcano Posted in Articles, Development
  • Your Rivals: Friend or Foe?
    Developing personal relationships with your competition may cause you to be conflicted. This is especially true if your entry into the self-storage business occurred after having particularly positive experiences visiting other facilities in your area. You may have felt ...More
    December 1, 2001 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Jump-Start a Records-Management Business
    There has never been a better time to enter the commercial records-management business. There are several factors at work that make this the precise time for such a business opportunity. But records management is not for the faint at heart. It requires hard work and capital ...More
    December 1, 2001 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Going Global
    When an Amsterdam acquaintance identified a potential European site for Devon Self Storage in 1996, President/COO Kelly Gallacher and Chairman/CEO Ken Nitzberg were skeptical. They sent acquisition and construction executives to The Netherlands to investigate further and ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Sign On
    There are more elements to a good sign than first-time owners--maybe even old hands--might believe. Signs are a major tool in a facility's marketing strategy often overlooked or misunderstood. Approached with an eye toward marketing, sign design and purchase can go a long ...More
    December 1, 2001 Tom Leveen Posted in Articles
  • The Self Storage Legal Network
    The Self Storage Association and attorneys D. Carlos Kaslow, Joseph D. Joiner and Scott Zucker are embarking on their third year of providing one of the most valuable resources to self-storage professionals, the Self Storage Legal Network (SSLN). The SSLN is a hotline ...More
    December 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Talking Tongues
    In the October issue, I shared in my letter about my experience living abroad in Siena, Italy during college. Although I won't say I was perfectly fluent in the language upon returning to the States, I did acquire a reasonable working knowledge of the native tongue. I ...More
    December 1, 2001 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • 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