To survive the worst recession in 70 years, small businesses must find ways to run more efficiently than ever. In self-storage, there’s an exciting development that has the potential to generate a tenfold cost savings in a business’ office and inventory overhead. My partners and I discovered it a bit by chance, while getting a push from tough economic times.
Just East of Highway 97 on Reed Market Road in Bend, Ore., is a new self-storage facility with oversized units for warehousing as well as the storage of boats, RVs and other vehicles. Dean Cameron, Gene Hoskin, Ravi Vedanayagam and I, all Oregon residents, developed Reed Market Storage during the aftermath of 9/11, when RV demand was strong and owners were looking for secure off-street storage.
Reed Market Storage is quite different from the traditional self-storage facility. The units vary in size from 15-by-30 to 15-by-60 feet, with a 14-foot ceiling height. They’re all situated along one wide, straight-access drive, so a vehicle as large as a semi-truck can comfortably pull up to the front of a unit for loading and unloading. Our customers appreciate the extra space, inside their individual units and throughout the facility.
Given their super size, all unit doors have automatic openers, allowing for easy entry and exit. State-of-the-art security features include digital video surveillance, giving customers peace of mind. Every unit is insulated, and there are options for heat and electricity throughout.
Our facility was built with the intent of offering the RV owner convenience and security at an affordable price. Extra-large 15-by-50 units are available at less than $300 a month, based on the current move-in special.