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Operator Spotlight: Louisiana’s Elmwood Self Storage aims for excellence

Operator Spotlight: Louisiana’s Elmwood Self Storage aims for excellence

Alexander Harris October 30, 2014 2

Next to the biggest shopping center in the New Orleans, LA, area, you’ll find the biggest self-storage facility in the region: Elmwood Self Storage & Wine Cellar. When a large furniture company closed its

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5 ways your self-storage facility can help those in need

5 ways your self-storage facility can help those in need

Alexander Harris October 20, 2014 1

In many ways, self-storage facilities are ideally suited for helping local charities and holding fundraisers or donation drives. Self-storage facilities often have unused units that can provide extra space for nonprofit organizations to use.

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Earthquake shuts tenants out of Napa Valley self-storage units

Earthquake shuts tenants out of Napa Valley self-storage units

Alexander Harris September 23, 2014 0

Tenants of a self-storage facility in Napa, CA, are waiting to find out whether they’ll ever be able to recover their belongings following the Aug. 24 earthquake. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake made a 230-unit building

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‘Storage of the Lambs’? Facility from iconic 1991 film goes up for sale

‘Storage of the Lambs’? Facility from iconic 1991 film goes up for sale

Alexander Harris March 17, 2014 0

Want to own Hannibal Lecter’s storage unit? The self-storage facility featured in the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs” is going up for auction April 24. The 105,900-square-foot facility, at 7502 Thomas Blvd. in

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February self-storage acquisition roundup: Morningstar, William Warren Group add facilities

February self-storage acquisition roundup: Morningstar, William Warren Group add facilities

Alexander Harris March 6, 2014 0

Private operators have dominated recent self-storage deals, picking off small and midsize portfolios across the country. Here’s our roundup of self-storage deals completed or announced in February.  Morningstar Properties Matthews, NC-based Morningstar Properties Inc.

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CubeSmart’s profit soared in 2013

CubeSmart’s profit soared in 2013

Alexander Harris March 3, 2014 0

CubeSmart LP was an active buyer and seller of facilities in 2013, and those moves seem to be yielding positive results. The company earned profit of $41.5 million last year, up substantially from $1.8

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Uncle Bob’s sees 17% rise in annual revenue

Uncle Bob’s sees 17% rise in annual revenue

Alexander Harris February 26, 2014 0

Despite a muted year on the acquisition front, Sovran Self Storage Inc., operator of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, posted double-digit growth in 2013. The Amherst, NY-based REIT boosted revenue over the previous year by

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Raising rents helps lift revenue for Public Storage

Raising rents helps lift revenue for Public Storage

Alexander Harris February 24, 2014 1

The country’s largest self-storage operator got even bigger last year. Revenue at Public Storage Inc. climbed almost 8 percent in 2013—to nearly $2 billion—compared with 2012. Executives with the self-storage REIT attribute the gain

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Extra Space looking forward to ‘great’ 2014, CEO Spencer Kirk says

Extra Space looking forward to ‘great’ 2014, CEO Spencer Kirk says

Alexander Harris February 24, 2014 0

Occupancy gains, reduced discounting and higher rental rates helped Extra Space Storage Inc. cap off an impressive 2013. The Salt Lake City-based self-storage REIT concluded the year with a 27 percent rise in revenue

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