Business partners Richard Hynd and Lorne Richman opened a new self-storage facility in November in The Dalles, Ore. Oregon Trail Mini Storage at 105 Webber St. contains 194 units in eight sizes. The property offers 24-hour access and sells moving and packing supplies. Security measures include controlled entry, perimeter fencing and video cameras. Customers also have access to online billpay and reservations, according to the source.
The project was launched after Hynd had trouble finding a storage unit to rent in the area two years ago. After some research, the partners found a 1.5-acre property that would be a “really good location” for self-storage development, Hynd said.
Construction took about 14 months, with the units assembled by Bulldog Welding & Specialties LLC. The basalt-rock lot, which was previously owned by The Dalles Elks Lodge, had to be leveled, but there were no wetlands issues. An old wagon belonging to Richman serves as the landscaping centerpiece in front of the office.
Since opening, the facility has reached 25 percent capacity, and Hynd expects to see an upsurge in the spring. “We’re getting two or three [calls] a day, recently,” he said. “Since this is the first one of these I’ve ever done, I don’t know if it’s a lot, a little or average.”
Hynd owned Allstate Insurance Co. for 19 years before selling the business. He also taught economics at Bangkok University in Thailand and worked for a Fortune 500 company.
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