Written by Jill Nossa: email@example.com Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
The 27-year-old company began as a local moving company and then expanded into the self-storage business to better accommodate their customers’ needs. Owner John Beyer said they began opening storage facilities around Long Island at their locations in Huntington, Floral Park and Islandia, and when the Glen Head resident realized nothing was happening with the former Photocircuits Corporation building, he decided to see if it was worth investing in. The circuit-board maker shut its doors in 2007 after 56 years of operation, and Beyer said he did an extensive amount of research on the site before purchasing it. The sale closed last August, and after investing $3.5 million to do a gut renovation of the 52,000 square foot site, they now have a two-story, 89,000 square foot “Class A” storage facility that is fully climate controlled.
The doors opened on April 2, and to date, more than 80 of the 835 storage units have been booked.
“We are serving a need,” says Beyer, who says his customers consist of a variety of people, from those who want to “swap out” their seasonal clothes, furniture or decorations and do not have enough storage space in their homes to people who are between homes to small business owners that have no space to store tax returns or other documents, for example. The facility is even equipped for car storage. The company runs a tractor trailer down the coast to Florida on a weekly basis, mostly moving residential customers who are heading south. They are also equipped for commercial and international moving.
His sister, Denise Beyer, is the director of self-storage with the company. She says since the closest storage facilities are about six miles away, there has been a very positive response to the opening of the Glen Cove facility.
“People are saying, ‘thank you, we needed you’ and the community is just really happy about it,” she says.