CALGARY, Alta. (Oct. 15, 2020) — U-Haul® will use its ecofriendly adaptive reuse program to transform the old Calgary Sun building at 2615 12th St. NE into a modern retail and self-storage facility.
U-Haul Moving & Storage at Deerfoot will offer truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment, moving supplies, U-Box® portable storage containers and more. Plans call for the creation of approximately 700 indoor climate-controlled storage lockers with high-tech security features at affordable price points.
“This building was very attractive to U-Haul because of its proximity to downtown Calgary and the visibility from Deerfoot Trail,” stated Naga Chennamsetty, U-Haul Company of Southern Alberta president. “We want to invest in this city. Our goal is to bring a full-service moving and storage facility to our customers in order to meet the demand here. We know the community will love and appreciate the finished product.”
The 2.66-acre property was previously home to the Calgary Sun, a daily newspaper that has been in publication since 1980. The building has been vacant since 2018. U-Haul acquired the 89,327-square-foot building on Oct. 5.
Acquisition of the property 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.
“We’re working closely with the city because Calgary’s development is important to us,” added Chennamsetty. “Our studies show we can reduce traffic congestion by providing a full-service U-Haul facility in this area. We offer a useful product that people need, and we look forward to serving the community in this location for many years to come.”
Chennamsetty expects to hire a staff of 20 or more Team Members when the store is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth in Calgary. Veterans receive preference in the hiring process. Find U-Haul career opportunities at uhauljobs.com.
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.