Storage chain opens location in former bowling alley
In one of his trademark routines, George Carlin ranted that “all life is about is trying to find a place for your stuff,” pointing out that an entire industry is dedicated to keeping an eye on people’s stuff. (After his death in 2008, Carlin’s stuff was donated to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, Ohio.)
That industry is known as “self storage,” and it’s booming. Case in point: the conversion of the former Southern Dutchess Bowl on Route 52 in Beacon into the latest facility in the Guardian chain, its 14th in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.
The facility’s general manager, Judy Motter, notes that the industry is relatively young; it began in Texas in the late 1960s. During her 31 years in the business, Motter says she has seen the number of facilities at least double. There are now more than 44,000 in the U.S. that feed a $37.5 billion industry.
Guardian’s latest facility is temperature-controlled and features ceilings at least 10 feet high. Unit sizes range from 5-by-5-feet for $79 per month to 10-by-30-feet for about $300. “You can put a lot of stuff in that!” Motter says.
Although most Guardian customers are homeowners, she says businesses sometimes rent space because it can cost less than what they are paying in rent…See full Article
By Michael Turton of the Highlands Current
Date: Feb 20th 2018