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7 self-storage operators to watch in 2014

7 self-storage operators to watch in 2014

Alexander Harris December 30, 2013 1

Without a doubt, 2013 wound up being an exciting year for the self-storage industry. While the publicly traded REITs dominated the big portfolio deals of the year, many smaller private operators sought to expand

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Chris Marr transitions into CEO role at CubeSmart

Chris Marr transitions into CEO role at CubeSmart

Alexander Harris December 26, 2013 5

Effective Jan. 1, there’s a new top boss at CubeSmart LP. Chris Marr is taking over from Dean Jernigan as CEO of the publicly traded self-storage REIT. Jernigan had been CEO of CubeSmart since

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Amsdell plots conversion in Cleveland, sets sights on more acquisitions

Amsdell plots conversion in Cleveland, sets sights on more acquisitions

Alexander Harris December 19, 2013 1

There’s no place like home. Cleveland-based self-storage operator Compass Self Storage has inked a deal to develop its only hometown self-storage facility. Opening Set for Summer 2014 Compass, an affiliate of the Amsdell Companies,

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Self-storage acquisitions: Will 2014 be a repeat of 2013?

Self-storage acquisitions: Will 2014 be a repeat of 2013?

Alexander Harris December 18, 2013 0

2013 will go down as a record-setting year for self-storage acquisitions, with more than $2 billion in deals set to be on the books by the end of December. Low interest rates and a

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Biggest deal of the year: Public Storage buys 44 Stor-All facilities for $430 million

Biggest deal of the year: Public Storage buys 44 Stor-All facilities for $430 million

Alexander Harris December 16, 2013 3

In the largest U.S. self-storage portfolio acquisition of 2013 and the second-largest ever, self-storage REIT Public Storage Inc. has purchased all 44 of Stor-All Storage’s existing facilities for $430 million, The Storage Facilitator has

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Startups latch onto storage-by-the-bin services

Startups latch onto storage-by-the-bin services

Alexander Harris December 9, 2013 6

Meet what could be the next generation of storage. Several storage startups have launched or expanded this year, aiming to disrupt the traditional self-storage business model by offering pickup and delivery of storage bins

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Extra Space leads an active November in self-storage facility acquisitions

Extra Space leads an active November in self-storage facility acquisitions

Alexander Harris December 3, 2013 2

November proved to be another busy month for self-storage acquisitions–for REITs as well as other operators. Self-storage REIT Extra Space Storage Inc. led the way with about $400 million in acquisitions during the month. Extra

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New York firm shoots for status as self-storage REIT

New York firm shoots for status as self-storage REIT

Alexander Harris November 26, 2013 0

A New York investment firm is on the path toward becoming a publicly traded self-storage REIT. Self Storage Group Inc. is the new name for the New York company formerly known as Global Income

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Refinancing environment favorable for self-storage loans

Refinancing environment favorable for self-storage loans

Alexander Harris November 25, 2013 0

A deal recently executed by real estate investment firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC shows the environment remains favorable for refinancing of self-storage loans. “As the self-storage sector continues to perform well and

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