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What’s the Self-Storage Capital of the U.S.? Hint: It’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By John Egan   February 27, 2015

Dorothy and Toto storage

For years, Wichita, KS, has been called the Air Capital of the World, thanks to its stature as a major hub in the U.S. aircraft-manufacturing industry. Today, Wichita can claim another title: Self-Storage Capital of the U.S.

Data from the recently released 2015 Self-Storage Almanac shows the Wichita metro area has more square feet of self-storage per person (13.16) than any of the country’s 100 largest metro areas. Since the U.S. contains far more self-storage space than any other country, it could be argued that Wichita reigns as the Self-Storage Capital of the World. → Keep Reading

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Help Wanted: SpareFoot Adding 100 Employees in 2015

By John Egan   February 24, 2015

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There won’t be much spare space at SpareFoot by the end of this year.

SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, is adding about 100 employees in 2015 to help fuel our rapid growth. About 20 of those employees already have been hired, leaving around 80 positions to be filled at SpareFoot’s headquarters in Austin, TX. → Keep Reading

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Charles Marriott Joins SpareFoot as Vice President of Client Services

By John Egan   February 17, 2015

Charlie Marriott

SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced today that Charles Marriott has joined the company in the newly created role of Vice President of Client Services.

Most recently, Marriott was vice president of worldwide client services at Austin, TX-based Bazaarvoice. He brings more than 10 years of experience in client services, operations and public companies. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Bulks Up Team With ‘The Mountain’ From HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

By Matt Stites   January 23, 2015

The Mountain from Game of Thrones

AUSTIN, TX—SpareFoot, the nation’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced today that Icelandic strongman Hafþór “Thor” Björnsson has joined the company as senior vice president of Icelandic business.

Björnsson, who’s known for his role as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” brings a wealth of knowledge about Iceland and‚ on an unrelated note, bar-game skills. → Keep Reading

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Are You a Match? SpareFoot Hosting Speed-Dating Event for ACE Team Applicants

By John Egan   January 22, 2015

Jeremy Vandermause

Forget Match.com and eHarmony.com. We’ve got a better dating opportunity for you—and it could land you a job at SpareFoot.

On Feb. 11, SpareFoot will host a “speed dating” event in our quest to find 30 amazing new members of our Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team. Members of this team (like Jeremy Vandermause, pictured above) take calls from consumers around the country who are looking for self-storage.

The addition of 30 people will take the ACE Team from 75 to 105 members. SpareFoot plans to have all of the new ACE Team members on board by late April. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Hires Mel Tang as Chief Financial Officer

By John Egan   January 14, 2015

Mel Tang

Austin, TX-based SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced that Mel Tang has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer and will be relocating to Austin from Los Angeles, CA.

Most recently, Tang was CFO at Demand Media Inc. He brings more than 15 years of investment banking, consumer Internet and public-company experience to SpareFoot. → Keep Reading

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With Food Drive, SpareFoot Displays Can-Do Attitude

By John Egan   November 25, 2014

Benoit in turkey costume

In the past couple of weeks, SpareFoot’s office in Austin, TX, has been overrun by cans of green beans, packages of spaghetti and cans of corn. No, it wasn’t a scene from some terrible science-fiction movie.

During the just-completed SpareFoot CANpaign, we collected about 12 tons of food for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, including the green beans, spaghetti and corn. To give you a sense of how much food that is, the average U.S. car weighs about 2 tons. → Keep Reading

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Introducing the Storage Industry Professionals Mixer Series, Hosted by SpareFoot!

By Barry Finder   November 21, 2014

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As a friend to many players in the industry, SpareFoot often gets asked by owners and operators about the best ways to improve their business. We hear everything from “When should I raise my rent?” to “Is there a good SEO provider I should consider?”

So we started asking some questions ourselves: Why not bring our clients and other industry professionals together to tackle those questions through productive, in-person conversations? Even better, why not make it fun? → Keep Reading

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Living in a Storage Unit: How Common Is It?

By Elizabeth Whalen   November 17, 2014

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Some people enduring homelessness are easy to spot, but many—perhaps most—are not. They’re living with friends and families, in their cars or in shelters.

The Youngs, a Florida family of five, ended up homeless after being forced to sell their home. Unable to find space in shelters, they moved into their car and put their belongings in a storage unit. Eventually, they began spending nights in the unit. → Keep Reading

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Abandoned Kitten Rescued From Illinois Storage Unit

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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With the help of police, an Illinois woman has saved her kitten from a self-storage unit after her ex-boyfriend put the pet in a storage container, shut the lid and locked the unit, authorities said.

Police in St. Charles, IL, ticketed the ex-boyfriend, Perry Weingart of Chicago, for violating the city’s animal cruelty ordinance. Weingart, 58, must head to court over the matter, but a court date hasn’t been set. → Keep Reading

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