Stop & Stor, a self-storage operator with 15 locations in the New York City area, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Headquartered in Staten Island, the company has prided itself on being ingrained in the communities it serves, donating more than $1.5 million to charitable causes through its Stop & Stor Charitable Fund, company officials said in a press release.
The company was founded by the Henick and Simon families, real estate professionals who came together after noticing the growth in residential development in Staten Island’s neighborhoods more than two decades ago. Principals Ken Henick and his son, Jeff, along with Morty Simon and his son, Neil, had the vision to enter the self-storage industry, officials said.
Stop & Stor’s first facility at 780 Gulf Ave. in the West Shore section of Staten Island opened in November 1988 and remains operational. It was the first outdoor storage facility in New York City, company officials said.
“Every day Stop & Stor delivers on a basic need—extra space,” Neil Simon said. “From the basic move from one house to another, to downsizing during the golden years, to fellow business owners who just need to store and secure their records, we provide an affordable, clean and secure [option].”
During its time in business, the company has supported each of the neighborhoods in which it does business through its philanthropic fund. Stop & Stor supports a diverse range of organizations, with a major focus on education, arts and culture, community development, humanitarian causes, government, animal protection, park beautification, and medical research, the company said.
In addition to supporting organizations such as the Fund for Public Schools, Wounded Warrior Project, Lincoln Center, Doctors Without Borders, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Boy Scouts of America, the Stop & Stor Charitable Fund also has responded with assistance during local and international crises and natural disasters. The fund is currently in the process of identifying an organization to support that is helping victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
Headquartered in Willowbrook, Stop & Stor’s 15 facilities are in every New York City borough except Manhattan. The company employs more than 70 staff members and serves approximately 18,000 customers.