Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,300 self-storage locations across North America, is converting a former Tyson cold-storage and meat-processing plant in Buffalo, N.Y., to self-storage. Once complete, it’ll be the operator’s largest storage facility in the region, according to a source.
U-Haul Moving & Storage at Larkin District at 665 Perry St. opened with a temporary showroom on April 19, according to a company press release. The site offers moving and packing supplies, trailer and truck rentals, towing equipment, bike racks, and U-Box portable-storage containers. Professional hitch installation will be offered soon.
Renovations are underway to add more than 1,200 indoor and outdoor self-storage units to the property, which includes an existing 165,181-square-foot building. The facility will feature access-controlled entry, an interior loading bay and climate control. The units are expected to be available by the end of summer, the release stated.
U-Haul plans to hire 20 or more employees once the facility is fully operational, said Todd Schnitzer, president of the U-Haul Co. of Western New York and a local resident. "With the revitalization going on downtown, we wanted to give people the opportunity for convenience. The conversion of existing buildings into mixed-use and residential property downtown is growing, and people are moving back into the area."
Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 44 million square feet of storage space. The company’s corporate sustainability initiatives, which support infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint, has led to dozens of conversion projects in recent years.