ROSWELL, N.M. (Feb. 16, 2020) — U-Haul Storage of Roswell at 1309 S. Virginia Ave. permanently closed its doors yesterday after 43 years of serving the local community.
Though operations ceased, U-Haul® plans to maintain ownership of the one-acre property and lease its 13,927-square-foot building to a new tenant. The facility has been serving self-move and self-storage customers in Roswell since 1978.
Customers of this location can find a full line of U-Haul products and services 1.1 miles away at U-Haul Moving & Storage at South Main St. Roswell at 1705 S. Main St.
The new store is a renovated and repurposed former Kmart® acquired as part of a 13-property purchase from Sears Holdings Corp. in 2019. U-Haul offers truck and trailer sharing, indoor self-storage, U-Box portable storage containers, moving supplies, boxes, towing equipment, professional hitch installation, bike racks and more at the Main Street facility.
By July, there will also be 50 drive-up storage units for rent at the new store.
“We’re providing a higher quality facility for our customers, as well as expanding the products and services our customers have been needing and asking from us,” said Bianca Sotelo-Herrera, U-Haul Company of Southern New Mexico president.
Acquisition of the new store 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.
Local U-Haul Companies are always exploring opportunities for growth as they pursue means to better serve the needs of customers, but sometimes find it necessary to close or relocate stores. Reasons for closures can include: long-term strategic plans; physical plant limitations; shifts in demographics; trends in migration; expansion of the U-Haul neighborhood dealer network; and proximity to other new or existing U-Haul stores.
As a result of the U-Haul Storage of Roswell store closing, seven U-Haul Team Members were let go. Eleven Team Members have been hired at the Main Street store. Find U-Haul careers 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.