MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A little more than a year after acquiring the former Kmart® building at 1501 E. McGalliard Road, U-Haul® has opened a spacious new retail showroom at the 86,250-square-foot facility.
The opening on Monday marked the latest phase and most recent addition to U-Haul Moving & Storage of Morningside. The showroom is approximately 2,500 square feet, or about triple the space of the closing retail showroom at the much smaller U-Haul Storage of Creston, just over a half-mile away at 2211 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. That property will continue to serve self-storage clients but will be run remotely by the new store.
When adaptive reuse of U-Haul Moving & Storage of Morningside is completed, it will offer approximately 706 indoor self-storage units with high-tech security features, climate-control options and a covered load/unload zone.
"We're expanding operations to be able to provide a better self-storage product and serve our customers at the level they've come to expect," noted U-Haul Area District Vice President Anthony Jones.
"This property sat vacant for a long time, so the community has been very excited about our arrival. There was a wait list for self-storage before we got in here. This location serves a large student population at Ball State, so there is a demand for a state-of-the-art facility. Obviously, it's a big upgrade going from 80 self-storage rooms (at U-Haul Storage of Creston) to 700."
Jones expects to hire a staff of 12 or more Team Members right away and then hire additional staff when the facility is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within Muncie.
Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Morningside at (765) 212-3314 or stop by to see the new showroom. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.
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