• Resurrecting the Old Man
    Profile Self Storage’s Old Man of the Mountain.(Original in inset) Backhoe places heavy pieces of granite for the statue. Profile Self Storage, Hooksett, N.H. One mist-shrouded night, the Old Man of the Mountain quietly slipped away. No one in the Profile Lake, N.H., region ...More
    April 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • World Watch
    French Storage Scene Shifts The self-storage landscape in France has undergone several changes in recent months, reports Inside Self Storage correspondent Philippe Peyrot, president of Annexx SAS, a self-storage company in the South of France: Armadillo ...More
    April 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Buenos Días Self-Storage
    Self-storage services are slowly expanding in Puerto Rico, 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. The Caribbean island, just three times the size of Rhode Island, has fewer than a dozen facilities serving 4 million residents. John Wilson, of Texas-based Construction Processes ...More
    April 1, 2006 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Records Management: United You Profit With CRCs
    Statistically, more than 90 percent of self-storage operators have never ventured into records management. Or so they think. Virtually every facility in North America already stores business records, though perhaps unknowingly. Self-storage is the world’s second-largest ...More
    April 1, 2006 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Retail Results: Getting to Know All About Them
    An old friend and customer asked me how he could improve his retail marketing. I said, “First, get to know your customer.” It’s surprising how many self-storage operators don’t really know who their tenants are. If they are a mystery to you, making sure they stick around ...More
    April 1, 2006 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • European Education
    Building a self-storage company in Europe isn’t the easiest way to make a living, though a well-executed and professional project can certainly be rewarding. Like any other emerging and still immature market, self-storage faces a variety of problems in most European ...More
    April 1, 2006 Paul Logchies Posted in Articles, Finance
  • At the Car Wash
    Over my entire business life, I have been fortunate enough not to be influenced by the World War II generation, which basically was against anything foreign. My parents were very anti-anything that wasn’t homegrown. If it didn’t say “USA” on the label, it was inferior and ...More
    April 1, 2006 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road: Spring Cleaning?
    When making your spring cleaning list, I urge you to dust off that list of customers paying non-standard rates. If you’ve had your store for any length of time, you’ll always have a group of people paying below market rates for their units, from 5 percent to as much as 50 ...More
    April 1, 2006 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Magic Self-Storage Formula
    A self-storage facility doesn’t make money until it reaches breakeven occupancy. When mapping the success of your site, wouldn’t it be great to have a formula to indicate when you will reach breakeven and maturity, considering current market conditions and operating ...More
    April 1, 2006 Philippe Peyrot Posted in Articles
  • Dutch Surprise
    The Netherlands self-storage market is about eight years old and steadily growing. About 80 facilities are active in the country, and most are successful. When the business first began, self-storage was a tough sell to the local public. People weren’t sure exactly what it ...More
    April 1, 2006 Erwin Fleer Posted in Articles