Phoenix-based U-Haul International Inc., which operates more than 1,500 self-storage facilities across North America and frequently recycles existing structures for its new locations, is converting a former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. distribution plant to self-storage in Waukee, Iowa. The facility at 16200 E. Hickman Road opened a temporary showroom in January, offering moving and packing supplies, truck and trailer rentals, and U-Box portable-storage containers, according to a press release.
Once the renovations are complete, the 69,600-square-foot warehouse will contain 900 interior storage units. The facility will also offer a U-Haul Re-Use center for the sharing of boxes and gently used household items.
“Waukee is growing,” said Randy Dickson, president of the U-Haul Co. of Iowa. “We're here to meet the demand for high-quality moving and self-storage services in Waukee neighborhoods.”
U-Haul also opened a conversion project last month in Superior, Wis., that comprises 88,914 square feet of storage space in more than 700 interior units.
Established in 1945, U-Haul owns more than 55 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.
Markets Insider, New U-Haul Facility to Address Self-Storage Demand in Waukee