• Product Showcase
    INSOMNIAC Customers testify on behalf of OpenTech kiosks As OpenTech Alliance Inc. approaches its three-year anniversary, it has a lot to celebrate. In its short history, the company has emerged as a leading developer of self-service kiosks for the storage industry, with ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Burning Question
    To build or not to build is the biggest question facing today’s self-storage developer. When considering a plan, he has to examine a number of critical issues to ensure a viable and profitable project. Some considerations are whether the area can support more storage, how ...More
    September 1, 2005 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles, Development
  • Building Retail Into Your Business
    On a per-square-foot basis, retail sales can be a significant portion of a facility’s income, so when it comes to developing and building a new self-storage site, include retail space in your plans. Whether you’re building from the ground up or remodeling an older facility, ...More
    September 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Advertising: Lost in Translation
    “Hispanic Marketplace” is dedicated to educating self-storage professionals about the possibilities of the burgeoning Latino market. The U.S. Hispanic population-and its buying power-is growing at an astounding rate, making it an attractive target for businesses that ...More
    September 1, 2005 Myrna Sonora Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine: McDowell Mountain Storage
    When a long-time Arizona resident is asked how he tolerates the scorching summer heat, he may reply, “Well, it’s a dry heat.” The climate is obviously no deterrent to the influx of people to the area. More than 150,000 people migrate to Arizona each year, creating a ready ...More
    September 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Choosing and Working With a Contractor
    There are many ingredients that go into developing a successful self-storage project. Some of the more important ones are a suitable site, a proper feasibility study, a professional design team and the right contractor. How do you choose your contractor? It’s important to ...More
    September 1, 2005 Charles Plunkett Posted in Articles
  • Are Doors Just Doors?
    Most self-storage door companies have the same goal: to bring a viable, competitive product to the marketplace, sell it, and make a reasonable profit. No one can argue with that. But buyers can do themselves a big favor by becoming smarter businesspeople and paying ...More
    September 1, 2005 Gayel Weaver Posted in Articles
  • Zen and the Art of Self-Storage
    After a tongue-in-cheek title like that, how about a mammoth understatement? Construction is not an exact science. Neither is the semi-controlled chaos it creates. While some elements of building are neither controllable nor predictable, others are, and their outcome is ...More
    September 1, 2005 L. Bruce McCardle Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Build a Better Future
    Our annual Construction & Development Edition, published each September, divides readers into several camps. On one end of the spectrum are those eager to consume the information contained within: new owners, developers and investors, as well as established operators ...More
    September 1, 2005 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Getting to ‘Go’
    Perhaps one of the greatest analogies for the real estate business is the game of Monopoly. During play, there are opportunities for easy money when you pass “Go”—if you don’t draw the wrong cards. But getting to “Go” isn’t the objective of the game. Neither is it the goal ...More
    September 1, 2005 Victor Lopez Posted in Articles, Development