mini storage

Taking mini-storage to a new level: looking up for an answer

Self-storage businessman David Paladino found a perfect location in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, for his next venture, but he faced a dilemma: the site wasn’t large enough to accommodate the nearly 900 storage units he had in mind. The solution: go up. Although most rural builders won’t ever face such a challenge, it helps...

Lessons from a mini-storage owner

Larry Haug, owner of Haug Steel Construction, Crooks, S.D., knows a lot about the mini-storage business as both a contractor and a mini-storage owner. He has over 250 units in a rural community located about 8 miles outside of Sioux Falls, in a complex of about 10 buildings. The rental units are conveniently situated...

October 2011

The big business of mini-storage

Although self-storage has been around a long time in the big cities, it started its ascent in the rural areas in the early 1980s. It took some convincing, but forward-thinking entrepreneurs realized that residents in small communities also had lots of “stuff” they needed to stash and were willing to pay to do it....