BEDFORD, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A longtime U-Haul® self-move store at 160 Broadway Ave. has permanently closed its doors after 42 years of serving the Bedford community.
While operations ceased Jan. 31 at U-Haul Moving & Storage at Broadway Ave., the Company plans to maintain ownership of the 1.93-acre property and lease its 16,104-square-foot building to a new tenant. The facility had served U-Haul customers since 1979.
Customers of this location can find a full line of U-Haul products and services less than a mile away at U-Haul Moving & Storage at the Bedford Automile at 19000 Rockside Road. The new store is a renovated and repurposed former Chevrolet® dealership.
U-Haul offers truck and trailer sharing, indoor self-storage, U-Box portable storage containers, moving supplies, boxes, towing equipment, professional hitch installation, bike racks and more at the Rockside Road facility.
Acquisition of the new store 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.
Local U-Haul Companies are always exploring opportunities for growth as they pursue means to better serve the needs of customers, but sometimes find it necessary to close or relocate stores. Reasons for closures can include: long-term strategic plans; physical plant limitations; shifts in demographics; trends in migration; expansion of the U-Haul neighborhood dealer network; and proximity to other new or existing U-Haul stores.
As a result of the Broadway Avenue store closing, eight U-Haul Team Members were let go.
As an essential service provider, U-Haul has remained open throughout the COVID-19 outbreak while offering contactless programs and enhanced cleaning protocols, including added steps for sanitizing equipment between customer transactions. U-Haul products are used daily by First Responders; delivery companies bringing needed supplies to people's homes; small businesses trying to remain afloat; college students; and countless other dependent groups, in addition to the household mover.
Please visit uhaul.com/announcement for more information on how U-Haul is keeping its Team Members and customers safe.
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of 22,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 176,000 trucks, 127,000 trailers and 41,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 774,000 rentable storage units and 66.7 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.