A state-of-the-art moving and self storage facility is coming to 1410 E. 7th St. in Joplin thanks to U-Haul Company's recent acquisition of a 44,682 square-foot warehouse.
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Joplin is currently offering truck and trailer sharing, as well as moving supplies, out of a temporary showroom located at 2521 E. 7th St. There are also 124 indoor self storage rooms for rent at the original facility a half-mile east of the newly acquired property where the store will now be centered. Once the warehouse is fully repurposed, it will offer an additional 308 climate-controlled self storage rooms and 60 outside drive-up units.
"This building had been vacant for more than 10 years and was being used as a dumping ground," said Aaron Self, U-Haul Company of Missouri president. "We are eager to put our adaptive reuse program to use in Joplin because we can preserve the history of May's Drug Warehouse while beautifying the area and providing a much-needed service to our neighbors."
In the coming year, U-Haul plans to build a warehouse space for 142 U-Box portable moving and storage containers and also allocate lot space for approximately 20 large U-Haul truck boxes to provide even more secure on-site storage – a sustainable solution for outdated fleet vehicles.
Self has already hired six Team Members and expects to employ a larger staff when the facility is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within the Joplin community.
The recent acquisition of the Joplin facility was driven by U-Haul Company's 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.
"The 7th Street location in Joplin is going serve our community with a larger, updated facility," Self said. "Our customers have been demanding U-Haul Truck Share 24/7, alternative fuel capabilities and sustainable storage. We look forward to providing those services while helping rebuild a part of Joplin that has been in disarray since the tornado hit in 2011."
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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 more than 150,000 trucks, 112,000 trailers and 40,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 581,000 rooms and more than 51 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.