Self-storage owner Chad Keller is converting a former Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Athens, Ga., to a two-story self-storage facility. Construction on Lexington Road Self-Storage at 4025 Cherokee Road will begin in early 2017, with the business slated to open in June, according to the source.
In addition to renovating the original structure, Keller will build six storage buildings arranged in four rows facing Cherokee Road. The 5-acre property will comprise 82,000 square feet of storage space, some of which will be climate-controlled, the source reported.
Keller, who also owns Elbow Room Self-Storage at 925 Danielsville Road in Athens, will invest about $5 million on the project, the source reported. The facility will be designed to blend in with the surrounding area, with some buildings containing architectural elements such as brickwork and windows, according to the source. The property will also feature a landscaped plaza with seating and a pathway to the sidewalk on Lexington Road.
The Piggly Wiggly closed soon after it was rebranded in 2007 by owner C&S Wholesale Grocers. The Keen, N.H.-based company changed the name of its Southern Family Market to Piggly Wiggly that year because it was considered a more recognizable brand, the source reported.