Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,300 self-storage locations across North America, is converting a lumber yard to self-storage in Harlingen, Texas. The company purchased the former ProBuild Holdings LLC building at 1218 Ed Carey Drive nine months ago for $1.5 million, according to the source.
The $900,000 renovation and expansion, expected to be complete in December, will include 372 units, some of which will be climate-controlled. The site will also feature a rental showroom that sells moving and packing supplies, hitch bays, covered loading and unloading areas, and controlled access.
The Harlingen property will be U-Haul’s fourth in the region. “The Rio Grande Valley continues to grow and we are catching up. We are at the farthest southern point of Texas, and the area has been underserved,” said Mark Reinitz, marketing company president for U-Haul Co. of Corpus Christi.
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.
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