- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Another former big box retail store in Davenport has been converted into a self-service storage center.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1TMK40F ) that converting existing retail buildings into storage centers is becoming increasingly popular nationwide.

One of the latest examples is a former Kmart store in Davenport that will eventually hold 651 storage units in a climate-controlled environment.

The U-Haul Moving & Storage business opened in West Davenport last June, and the final units are expected to be ready later this month.

Previously, Menards converted one of its older stores into a storage business in 2014 when it built a new store.

U-Haul sustainability director Michelle Sullivan said using existing buildings allows the company to satisfy demand for storage while being easier on the environment.

“Rehabilitating older buildings, especially those of architectural or historic character, is not only good for the environment but also strengthens local communities by allowing a city to increase its economy by repurposing abandoned buildings,” she said.

The projects tend to be more affordable as well because heating and cooling systems are already in place and the structure is already built. The storage businesses benefit from finding a location that’s already surrounded by customers.

U-Haul spokesman Jeff Lockridge said many of the company’s 2,200 stores across North America use renovated structures.

The Menards storage business in Davenport offers 246 indoor units and 241 storage units that are not in a climate-controlled area.

The company has also converted a store in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to storage units.

“We consider all of our options whenever we need to sell a building, including self-storage,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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