U-Haul Conversion of Empty Warehouse will Eliminate Blight, Create Jobs in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2021) — U-Haul® is revealing details of its adaptive reuse plan for an unoccupied warehouse that will soon become a full-service retail and self-storage facility.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Steele Creek at 11900 Steele Creek Road is already offering truck and trailer sharing, boxes and moving supplies, and U-Box® portable storage containers out of a temporary showroom.

Renovations will soon render approximately 700 indoor climate-controlled self-storage units with high-tech security features at affordable price points. Storage rooms are expected to be available for rent this winter.

Professional hitch installation and a new retail showroom will also highlight the 132,840-square-foot building set on 10.7 acres. U-Haul acquired the property on June 21.

“This building has been vacant since the previous tenants moved out in 2017,” noted Kay Church, U-Haul Company of Charlotte president. “We have the privilege of giving it new life and a new purpose. By reusing this building, we will save materials and offer a fresh look to a building we’re preserving from the 1970s.”

Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Steele Creek at (704) 512-0345 or stop by to see our progress. Current hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.

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.

Church plans to employ at least 14 Team Members once the store is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to support job growth within the Charlotte community. U-Haul, honored as a “Best for Vets 2020” leading veteran-friendly employer by The Military Times, actively recruits veterans and gives them preference in the hiring process. Find U-Haul careers at uhauljobs.com.

“This site was attractive because Steele Creek Road is a major thoroughfare into Charlotte,” Church added. “We want to continue serving as a business anchor here. By renovating this large warehouse, we will be helping to meet the self-storage demands of a growing community.”

As an essential service provider, U-Haul continues to serve communities during the COVID-19 recovery while offering contactless business 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 many other dependent groups, in addition to the do-it-yourself household mover.

About U-HAUL

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 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, 126,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 825,000 rentable storage units and 71.6 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S., and continues to be the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a leading “Best for Vets” employer and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America.


Andrea Batchelor

Jeff Lockridge

E-mail: publicrelations@uhaul.com

Phone: 602-263-6981

Website: uhaul.com

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