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Inside Self-Storage Releases 2010 Top-Operators List

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Inside Self-Storage magazine has released its 2010 Top-Operators List, ranking 100 of the self-storage industry's foremost operators based on total net-rentable square footage. The list, now available in a downloadable PDF, ranks dozens of facility and brand owners, independents, developers and property-management companies. The data also features number of locations and units, expansion plans and contact information.

The top five self-storage companies participating in this year's survey are: 

  1. Public Storage Inc.—Founded in 1972, the Glendale, Calif.-based storage operator owns 2,197 facilities in 39 states.
  2. Extra Space Storage—The Salt Lake City-based company was founded in 1977. It operates 760 facilities with a total square footage of 55 million.
  3. U-Haul International Inc.—Founded in 1945, U-Haul is one of the oldest companies in the industry. The Phoenix-based company owns 1,073 facilities nationwide.
  4. Sovran Self Storage Inc.—Founded in 1982, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based company has nearly 25 million square feet of self-storage in 381 facilities.
  5. U-Store-It Trust—Founded in 2004, this Wayne, Pa., company has 24 million square feet of self-storage space in 375 facilities throughout 27 states. 

The ISS Top-Operators list is featured in the April print edition of ISS magazine and is available online now at Any company wishing to be considered for the 2011 list should complete the online form at

ISS is a dynamic-services company that provides resources and services to the self-storage industry including a monthly magazine, bi-annual tradeshows, an information-packed website and educational seminars and materials. ISS is also the owner of the Self-Storage Training Institute (, an online education portal for managers and owners, and Self-Storage Talk (, the industry’s largest online community.

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