DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul® will soon be showcasing a new retail and self-storage facility in Des Moines thanks to the recent acquisition of the former Kmart® store at 2535 Hubbell Ave.
U-Haul Moving & Storage of East Side is currently operating out of a temporary showroom and offering truck and trailer sharing, professional hitch installation, towing equipment, U-Box® portable storage containers, moving supplies and more. U-Haul acquired the 106,914-square-foot building on Jan. 31.
"Des Moines' east side has been a hub of activity lately, and residents need a reliable moving and self-storage facility here," stated Randy Dickson, U-Haul Company of Iowa president. "U-Haul is eager to serve this growing community."
Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of East Side at (515) 336-6694 or stop by to visit general manager Brian Cornwell and his team. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.
Adaptive reuse of the property will render about 700 indoor self-storage units, giving customers access to climate-controlled rooms with high-tech security features at affordable price points.
The recent acquisition of the old Kmart building was driven by U-Haul Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-building materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.
"Reusing old buildings is important to us because we aim to decrease our carbon footprint and breathe life back into outdated facilities," Dickson said. "Almost 70 percent of our 1,800-plus U-Haul-owned and -operated stores are a product of adaptive reuse."
Dickson expects to employ eight or more Team Members when the store is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote growth within the Des Moines community.
The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account.
For self-movers who aim to keep their costs low but need extra hands to help with their move, MovingHelp.com has been successfully pairing customers with reliable Moving Help® Service Providers for more than a decade. The online marketplace lets customers shop and compare local moving companies that provide labor services including: loading and unloading, packing and unpacking, cleaning, and U-Box pick up/delivery. More than 1.5 million unedited customer reviews, transparent pricing and payment release subject to customer approval have led to 93 percent of Moving Help users rating their experience four stars or higher.
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 now offers customers access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the self-service options on their internet-connected mobile devices. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to 161,000 trucks, 118,000 trailers and 42,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 632,000 rooms and 55.2 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.