Storage Express is pumping up its Midwest portfolio of self-storage facilities, snapping up 12 properties in Illinois. “The optics of this deal don’t come along every day for us,” said owner and founder Jefferson Shreve. “We jumped at the opportunity.” He declined to give financial details about the Illinois transaction, only to say it was…

With its acquisition of the U-Stor-It portfolio of 21 self-storage facilities earlier this month, Robb Kone’s Best Self Storage is off and running. The Riverside, California-based Best Self Storage’s purchase of the U-Stor-It properties in Texas, New Mexico and Arkansas was the company’s first foray into the self-storage business – and Kone, himself a 15-year…

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Hit by a rising tide of new construction and economic trouble spots across the country, publicly traded self-storage REITs have pulled back significantly from their acquisitions of existing facilities. Acquisitions by the top five self-storage real estate investment trusts (REITs)—Public Storage, Extra Space Storage, CubeSmart, Life Storage and National Storage Affiliates—are off by an annualized…

A regional hotel development and management corporation in the Southeast is the latest player to jump into the booming self-storage market, aiming to one day own more than 100 storage facilities. JHM Hotel Group, a Greenville, SC-based hotel and restaurant company, recently formed TD Self Storage Enterprise LLC and already owns five new self-storage facilities…

Owners of multifamily facilities tend to notice tenant and lifestyle trends long before others — such as whether people are recycling more, what type of cars they’re driving, whether they’re receiving more mailed packages via e-commerce companies. Tampa’s Phillips Development has definitely taken note of another recent trend: Tenants asking where they can find nearby…

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Some industry observers warn of potential overbuilding within the self-storage industry, but Dean Jernigan is confident that the development cycle is still in the middle-innings. “We’re just past the midpoint of this development cycle, in the fifth or sixth inning,” said Jernigan, CEO of Memphis, TN-based Jernigan Capital, during the company’s quarterly conference call with…