Grand Opening: U-Haul of South Veterans Introduces 802-Room Self-Storage Center

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Public and Media Cordially Invited to Ribbon-Cutting and Free Lunch on Sept. 19

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2017) — U-Haul will host a grand-opening event Sept. 19 to showcase its contemporary two-story indoor self-storage facility at 1710 R T Dunn Drive, site of the former Tom’s Foods.

Bloomington residents and media attending the festivities from noon-3 p.m. can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. There will be a complimentary lunch, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other activities.

“There just isn’t another truck- and trailer-sharing company that offers the storage facilities we do,” said Aaron Freeman, U-Haul Company of Illinois president. “We are excited to introduce our top-of-the-line services, including our U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 self-service options. The people of Bloomington have longed for this type of easy online experience. I’m excited to give our customers what they want.”

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Veterans opened in a limited capacity in February 2016, offering truck and trailer sharing and moving supplies out of a temporary showroom.

Then the real work began. More than one year of cleanup and construction yielded a renovated 55,530-square-foot structure with 802 self-storage units. The facility offers U-Haul Remote 24/7® access, high-tech security features, elevators, an indoor load/unload area, and much more. Covered RV, boat and vehicle storage spaces are also available.

“We outgrew our location at 1206 N. Main St.,” said Freeman, noting U-Haul Moving & Storage at Main St. (opened 1990) continues to offer a full-line of bike rack accessories, new retail items and interior self-storage. “We have limited space there, so we’re excited to expand at the former Tom’s Foods location.”

Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Veterans at (309) 807-5514 or stop by to visit general manager Mike Shelmadine and his team. 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 or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Veterans sits next to the Illinois Army National Guard. In addition to competitively priced self-storage and moving supplies, the store offers propane, professional hitch installation, bike rack accessories and U-Box portable moving and storage containers.

The recent acquisition of the Tom’s Foods facility was driven by U-Haul Company's 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-construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

By applying its adaptive reuse program to an existing building, U-Haul is preventing 224 tons of metal manufacturing and transportation from being used; avoiding 9,616 tons of new concrete pours; keeping 9,902 tons of construction and demolition debris out of landfills; and stopping 4,785,969 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is modernizing the moving industry by offering self-service and live verify technology to enhance customer and community safety. This technology allows for the self-pick-up and self-return of U-Haul trucks to be done entirely by smartphone at any hour – day or night. Membership is free once customers create an account on

About U-Haul

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 more than 150,000 trucks, 112,000 trailers and 40,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 581,000 rooms and more than 51 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.


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