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Hide-Away Storage Founder Builds Automated Self-Storage in Sarasota, Fla.


Self-storage developer Steve Wilson is building an automated facility on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Fla., where all business will be handled using a self-storage kiosk and call center. Customers will be able to rent any of the facility’s 370 units or make rent payments 24/7/365 using the site’s technology. 
Northern Trust Co.’s Chris Romine arranged the financing for the project, and Mike Carter Construction of Bradenton is doing the building. The new facility should be ready for renters by late July.
Customers of the Fruitville facility will each have an individual gate code and can enter the facility at any time. About half of the single-story project’s units will be air-conditioned; the others will be traditional garage-style storage.
Wilson is the founder and managing partner of the 12-site Hide-Away Storage chain with locations in Bradenton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Fla. Ten of the company’s sites are self-storage, while the other two are mobile-storage warehouses. The new facility has separate ownership from Hide-Away Storage, Wilson said.

Started in 1977, Hide-Away has approximately 1 million square feet of storage space.

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