MILTON, Fla., Oct. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul® will soon present an impressive retail and self-storage facility in Milton thanks to the recent acquisition of a former Kmart® property at 6050 Hwy. 90.
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Milton, located about 20 miles northeast of Pensacola, is currently operating out of a temporary showroom and offering truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment, hitch sales and moving supplies. U-Haul acquired the 101,354-square-foot building on June 4.
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. Renovations are scheduled to be finished by summer 2020.
"U-Haul will be providing a state-of-the-art moving and self-storage facility for our neighbors in the Florida Panhandle," said Chad Rome, U-Haul Company of South Alabama. "This site was attractive because it's just off Highway 90, which connects Milton to much of Florida and the rest of the U.S. It's very convenient for our DIY movers."
Rome expects to employ a staff of 15 or more Team Members once the store is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within Milton.
Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Milton at (850) 564-7351 or stop by to visit general manager Gina Rhoda and her team. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.
Acquisition of the property was driven by U-Haul Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. The 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.
"Approximately 70% of the U-Haul-owned and -operated stores in North America are the result of our adaptive reuse initiative," Rome added. "We're excited to implement this environmentally responsible model in Milton while renovating a large space to meet customer demand."
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