ANCHORAGE, Alaska — U-Haul Company of Alaska, celebrating its 35th year of serving do-it-yourself movers, on July 1 hosted public officials, community leaders and customers for the official grand opening of Anchorage’s newest contemporary self-storage facility.
The pristine 697-room building at 5700 Boundary Ave. is the latest customer-centric addition to U-Haul Moving and Storage of North Anchorage.
“Our location search (for a new Anchorage storage location) put us exactly where we wanted to be, next to a very busy highway and across the street from Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson (JBER), a very important part of our community here in Anchorage,” said John Norris, president of U-Haul Company of Alaska.
The site first began accommodating customers in a limited capacity in October 2013, offering trucks, trailers and moving supplies out of a temporary showroom in the former E.A. Patson office once U-Haul acquired the five-acre property.
It took nearly a year of property cleanup to remove 23 tons of metal and old equipment before construction of the new self-storage building started in 2014 and continued through 2015. The first units were available for use by January 2016, but the facility wasn’t completed and ready to be showcased until 2017.
The grand-opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony offered Norris, general manager Steve Womack and other Team Members a chance to interact with the people they serve and have them explore the new facility.
“I really appreciate John for giving me the opportunity to serve as general manager,” Womack stated. “This is a beautiful location. I feel very blessed to run this store.”
Norris spoke about the Company’s desire to meet public demand through expansion, and to serve the North Anchorage community via meticulous customer care and a full line of U-Haul products and services. That now includes self-storage with advanced security features at an affordable price.
“We are very proud of our new facility. Our goal is to really accommodate our community and the military service members we very much appreciate,” Norris said. “We are here to serve you and hope to see you soon.”
Public Official Praise
Tara Risinger, a representative from the office of Alaska Congressman Don Young, attended the ceremony and read the following remarks on behalf of Congressman Young:
I’d like to congratulate U-Haul Company of Alaska on celebrating 35 years of service in the state of Alaska. Not only are you helping Alaskans by providing services that many need to include our military members and their families, but you are also helping to create more employment opportunities within the state of Alaska, and for that I can’t thank you enough. I wish you the best of luck as you continue to grow within our great state and help Alaskans with their relocation and storage needs. Sincerely, Congressman Don Young, for all Alaska.
Norris and Risinger, along with help from U-Haul Team Members, cut the orange ribbon. Guests were then treated to a delicious lunch and encouraged to take a behind-the-scenes tour the facility.
There are several U.S. military relics and other 1940s memorabilia prominently on display in the location’s showroom. The items include a standard-issue WWII helmet and pieces of a Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep. These items have direct ties to E.A. Patson’s history of selling surplus military equipment, vehicles and parts. Executives from U-Haul, which was co-founded by a WWII Navy veteran in 1945, believe these items are a great addition to the showroom.
Better Anchorage Storage
U-Haul Moving and Storage of North Anchorage features a 75,687-square-foot structure with 55,550 net rentable square feet. The facility also has: U-Haul Remote 24/7® access; high-tech security features; heating to offset the cold winter months; elevators; covered, heated concrete pickup/drop-off area; and a box-sharing and green-products-reuse section. Plans call for covered RV, boat and vehicle storage spaces in the near future.
In addition to competitively priced self-storage and moving products, DIY customers also have access to truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment and professional hitch installation, propane and U-Box portable moving and storage containers.
Finally, contact the store at (907) 331-6233 or stop by to visit General Manager Steve Womack and his team. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact U-Haul Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.
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