Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,300 self-storage locations across North America, has converted a former Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Saukville, Wis., to self-storage. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Port Washington at 835 E. Green Bay Ave will host a Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event, 3-5 p.m., will include refreshments, giveaways and facility tours, according to a press release.
The location opened in a limited capacity in June 2016 with truck and trailer rentals, U-Box portable-storage containers, and moving and packing supplies. The renovated building now comprises 40,901 square feet of storage space in more than 130 units.
"We're excited to reveal the work we put into revitalizing this building," said Mike Schneider, president of the U-Haul Co. of South Eastern Wisconsin. "We're introducing this top-of-the-line facility and our new U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 self-service program, which offers Saukville the latest, easiest and most secure truck-rental process in the industry."
U-Haul has several conversion projects underway, including an abandoned strip mall in Baraboo, Wis. The facility opened in November with a temporary showroom, offering moving and packing supplies, truck and trailer rentals, professional hitch installation, and U-Box portable-storage containers.
Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 44 million square feet of storage space. The company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, which support infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint, has led to dozens of conversion projects in recent years.