We started in the storage business in 1996 by buying some land in Greenville County, South Carolina and getting it re-zoned (talk about being blessed, we had no idea how big this was to us) and the first phase built soon after that. We actually thought we would build 20,000 square feet and that would be it for our retirement. Sounds sophomoric I know, but that is how it was back then. We were pleasantly surprised at our quick success and thankful for what we had been given.
And the story continues…
We built more storage buildings at our first facility, Roper Mountain Road Self Storage, and then did the same thing about four years later a few miles down the road in Simpsonville, SC at Fairview Road Self Storage. Funny thing about building when times are good, it seems like you can build and buy forever, and that is what happened with us. Subsequently, two more facilities were bought soon after that.
Life is good…
Some more partners joined us in a while and we bought land and built another facility (Grand Oaks Self Storage) in Summerville, SC. Then a year or so after that we bought 81 North Mini Storage in Anderson, SC. (We’ve since sold both of those.) Life began to change, and the recession started to take its toll on us. No complaints, but it became tougher to make ends meet than after the horrific terrorist bombing on September 11, 2001. We had always grown, but now we were shrinking in revenue. That didn’t look too good, but that is just the way business was and is sometimes. Now the sluggish economy has rebounded a bit thankfully and we are looking to expand again. That is where you come in!
We believe there are still trials ahead for our economy and for us, but we have faith that we still live in a blessed country and that God is in control of our future. Our protection is guaranteed by Him. We may not know how, why, or when, but we know Him. That is enough for us.
Through all of this we have been blessed with outstanding management help and conscientious employees. Our goal and their goal is to never let you down. We are in business to earn a fair return on our investments. We try to do our very best to honor our contract with you as a customer. We have been given much from God, and we intend to honor Him the most. By honoring you through our commitment, we will honor Him. If we fail in our commitment to you, let us know. We are not perfect, but we do want and need to be fair.
We do appreciate your business if you honor us with it. If not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the facility you have chosen as much as our past and present customers have enjoyed doing business with us.