21 Mar U-Haul Acquires Storage Facilities in Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Canada
By Alex Hassel, Storage.com
U-Haul recently announced new storage facility locations in Hendersonville, N.C., Akron, Ohio, Wichita, Kan., and Windsor, Ontario, after its latest batch of acquisitions.
U-Haul’s newest facility in Hendersonville, N.C., is now open at 1500 Airport Rd. U-Haul acquired what used to be an Affordable Mini Storage site and reopened it under its own brand after building a showroom. It also added other services like rentals of trucks, trailers, U-Box containers, moving supplies, towing equipment and hitch installation, propane, and more. The location has 600 storage units, including 30 that are climate-controlled.
“This is a great area, and the community knows U-Haul is a dependable, family-run business,” U-Haul General Manager Scott Grubb says. “We are a place where residents can fill all their moving needs and much more. It’s a place customers can depend on to be a fixture in the community.”
U-Haul’s has also announced a location in Akron, Ohio, that was once a grocery warehouse at 800 E. Tallmadge Ave. U-Haul is now reusing the two-story facility to offer 105 indoor climate-controlled units. Construction for 700 more units and 150 RV, boat, and vehicle storage spaces will finish soon.
“We were able to take a historical building and make it into a new state-of-the-art storage facility for the community,” says Alissa Nider, President of U-Haul Company of Akron. “We’ve had a presence in this area for more than 20 years, and we’re just happy to add more services for the residents of Akron.”
This new Akron location has already been very popular. “I’ve had people call our location the Taj Mahal of U-Haul stores. Many of our customers have not been to our location in well over a year [when it was a grocery store], so they see great improvement, which incites repeat business,” says Jon Hartman, U-Haul General Manager.
U-Haul is also reusing an old tire manufacturing plant for self storage at 1000 E. 13th St. N. in Wichita, Kan. This is a two-story building that’s 100 years old. When construction is finished later this year, it will offer 600 climate-controlled indoor storage units. The property is in a convenient location for self storage. It’s just off Interstate 135, a few miles from Wichita State University and a mile north of Downtown Wichita.
U-Haul General Manager Garrett Schaper says, “Many of our customers have stated they needed a U-Haul store in this neighborhood. They want to see what we can do with this old building.”
In Windsor, Ontario, U-Haul’s new facility was once a General Motors plant at 1508 Walker Rd. Customers can currently rent trucks, trailers, and U-Boxes on the site, but by fall, 1,000 indoor climate-controlled units will be available, along with 100,000 square feet for RV, boat, and vehicle storage.
“The store is in the heart of the city and benefits the community through the reuse of an existing property,” says David Anstett, President of U-Haul Company of Western Ontario. “What’s really amazing is how long this building has been a part of the community. My wife’s father used to work at the GM plant. I’m so glad we are saving it.”
“No other facility in the area has indoor RV storage the way we will,” he adds. “There is a lot of need for all types of storage in the Windsor market, and U-Haul is happy to provide it.”
The acquisition of all of these buildings was driven by U-Haul’s Corporate Sustainability Initiatives. The company supports infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprints. U-Haul says adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.
Photos courtesy of U-Haul.