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09/28/2006

Don't Mess With New York

You don't want to mess with New Yorkers, man. You just don't. Guess Public Storage learned that the hard way. Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported on the hand-slapping Public Storage received in response to its latest NYC subway posters, which were purportedly offensive to city residents. The company had created a train-side ad that read, "Finally a good reason to leave Manhattan," and ...
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09/26/2006

It's the police! Open up!

If you subscribe to the Google or Yahoo! news services, you will have seen the release from earlier this week regarding a significant ruling in Lenexa, Kan. After recent approval by the City Council, the town now requires its storage facilities to maintain a register of people who rent its units for use by the local police department. It is hoped the list will assist officials in halting common ...
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09/22/2006

Condoministoriums

How would you feel about people buying rather than renting their storage units? Would you get out of the mini-storage game and sell real estate for a living? You'd better give it some thought, because the time is nigh.Not too long ago, ISS ran a press release about RoboVault, a high-security storage facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where tenants can rent standard units or purchase vaults ...
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09/19/2006

Avast! Assurances From 'Dear Abbey'

I got a chuckle out of this one. On Friday, I read a Paramus (N.J.) Post article (an advice column really) in which an engaged widow wanted to know what she should think about her betrothed now that she's discovered he has two storage units full of stuff he won't toss. "He's really nice and normal in most other ways," she said. The woman seemed to feel the use of self-storage indicates some ...
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09/14/2006

Operation Kaboom

We've been implicated in a terrorist plot! OK, so it was a theoretical plot, but we were embroiled nonetheless. According to an article published in Tuesday's newspapers, Operation Kaboom was hatched two years ago by six NYC counter-terrorist detectives who rented a Brooklyn mailbox and a storage unit in the Bronx to see if they could amass enough ammonium nitrate and fuel oil to build a truck ...
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09/08/2006

From Pack Rats to Rubbish Boys

I received an e-mail response to Tuesday's post about the new PACK RAT enterprise—a representative from 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (formerly The Rubbish Boys) wanted to make sure I knew about storage facilities that use junk-removal companies to keep on top of their clutter. Truthfully, I wasn't aware of such a partnership; but upon visiting www.1800gotjunk.com, I see some large storage players are indeed ...
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09/05/2006

The Pack Rats are coming!

We recently posted a press release to the ISS website regarding a new mobile-storage contender entering the Phoenix market: 1-800-PACK-RAT. The company plans to open at least four facilities in Arizona in the next few years; and based on my observations, it isn't messing around. While out doing some pre-Halloween scavenging with my husband this past weekend, we drove by this nifty marketing ...
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