Moving Season in Kansas: U-Haul to Open First Leavenworth Store

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Facility to include 500 self-storage rooms with climate-controlled options

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (April 11, 2019) — U-Haul® is revealing details for its adaptive reuse of a vacated former Kmart® store that will be transformed into the Company’s first full-service facility in Leavenworth. U-Haul acquired the 12.91-acre property on March 6.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Fort Leavenworth at 4820 S. 4th St. is currently operating out of a temporary showroom, offering truck and trailer sharing along with moving supplies.

Extensive renovations will soon render more than 500 climate-controlled indoor self-storage units with high-tech security features at affordable price points. U-Haul Remote 24/7® access for self-storage customers, U-Box® portable storage containers, towing accessories and professional hitch installation, and more will also be available at the 87,113-square-foot building.

“Leavenworth was the very first city that was settled in Kansas, and has been a hub of activity and growth ever since,” said Gary Wittkopp, U-Haul Company of Northern Kansas president. “Residents here are in need a reliable moving and self-storage facility. U-Haul is pleased to serve this growing community.”

Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Fort Leavenworth at (913) 828-0743 or stop by to see our progress. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.

The recent acquisition of the former Kmart store 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.

“This U-Haul facility is less than 10 miles from the oldest, continuously active military reservation west of the Mississippi River,” Wittkopp said. “We look forward to serving our soldiers moving to and from Fort Leavenworth, as well as the longtime residents here.”

Wittkopp 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 Leavenworth 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 to create an online account.

For self-movers who aim to keep their costs low but need extra hands to help with their move, 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.

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 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.


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