U-Haul Open House on May 8 at Former Kmart on Cedar St.

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Community invited for BBQ dinner, refreshments, facility tour and Q&A session

LANSING, Mich. (April 22, 2019) — U-Haul® will host an open house event from 5-7 p.m. on May 8 to speak with its new neighbors and provide residents with a look at the many benefits of having a state-of-the-art self-storage facility at 5400 Cedar St.

Those attending can enjoy a complimentary BBQ dinner and refreshments, a facility tour, giveaways, and a chance to have U-Haul officials answer questions about plans for the property. Lansing City Council members will also be there.

“This location is perfect for U-Haul because we are utilizing an existing, vacant building for the benefit of the city,” said Jon Gilmore, U-Haul Company of Western Michigan president. “Many times when large box stores go dark, they become blight on the community. We want to revive and update this property while meeting the demand for our moving and self-storage products.”

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.

When renovations are completed, U-Haul aims to offer indoor climate-controlled self-storage with high-tech security features at affordable price points; truck and trailer sharing; U-Haul Remote 24/7® access for self-storage customers; towing equipment and professional hitch installation; moving supplies; a U-Haul Re-Use Center for gently used household furnishings to be shared by the community; the Take A Box, Leave A Box program; and more.

“Lansing is growing,” Gilmore added. “U-Haul is excited to continue to be part of that growth and to help facilitate that growth by providing residential mobility.”

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 uhaul.com to create an online account.

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


Andrea Batchelor

Jeff Lockridge

E-mail: publicrelations@uhaul.com

Phone: 602-263-6981

Website: uhaul.com