U-Haul Co. of Iowa has opened a rental facility in a converted building in Ames, Iowa, that will eventually offer self-storage and U-Box portable-storage services. The building formerly housed a general-equipment rental outlet, Ames Rentals, for 30 years. It has been rebranded as U-Haul Moving and Storage of Ames. Customers can currently rent trucks and trailers and purchase moving supplies, company officials said in a press release.
The property at 710 S. Duff Ave. is on 1.86 acres and consists of two parcels of land. Two buildings comprise 12,028 square feet and will feature a retail center.
"We are proud to have the ability to serve the moving public of Ames and offer a convenient way to meet their moving needs," said Randy Dickson, marketing company president of U-Haul Co. of Iowa. "It is a five-star location on one of the busiest streets in Ames."
The building conversion is part of U-Haul’s corporate sustainability initiative to support infill developments that help local communities lower their carbon footprint. U-Haul’s adaptive reuse of existing buildings eliminates the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps local cities diminish their unwanted inventory of unused buildings, company officials said.
"The most exciting part of this venture is having the ability to reuse a building that was vacant," Dickson said. "It will be a beautiful facility when it is completed."
Established in 1945, U-Haul International Inc. has more than 40 million square feet of storage space at more than 1,000 owned and managed facilities throughout North America.