Key Storage, a newly expanded and updated storage facility in Uxbridge, is under the new ownership of Hopkinton resident Ed Kelly and Ashland resident Kevin Price. The facility, formerly known as Capron Self Storage, now has triple the number of storage units, and it features several updates designed to improve both access and security.
Kelly and Price, who have extensive construction backgrounds and also operate a commercial solar panel installation company, looked on self-storage as a natural fit for their next business venture. One of their solar customers, Rocco Addeo, is the former owner of the Uxbridge storage facility. Addeo originally purchased the site with the intention of expanding and selling the property, and he involved the pair in conversations about the facility’s future. “So, Ed and I discussed the idea of jumping in,” Price explains, “We ran the numbers, and they made sense. We approached Rocco and said, ‘We’d like to be your buyer,’ and here we are.”
Key Storage now has over 300 units, including a new temperature-controlled building and outdoor storage for RVs, boats and campers. Accessibility also has been improved, with newly paved access lanes, full-perimeter fencing and an automatic entry gate. Key Storage offers a variety of unit sizes for both the interior spaces and the drive-up units. Customers can access their units 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and pay for units online at keystorage1.com.
In the spring, Key Storage will add solar panels to all its rooftops and will build a free-standing canopy for RV and boat storage, also with a solar-powered roof.
In addition to these features, Kelly and Price stress that they are longtime local residents — Kelly’s children are the fifth generation in Hopkinton — so customers are interacting with owners who genuinely care about their experience. As opposed to some older facilities, Key Storage is brand-new, clean, well lit and secure, they add. Customers “can feel confident that when they place their belongings in our trust that we’ve taken every measure to deliver a secure, convenient and comfortable facility for them,” Price says.
During the pandemic, with many people tackling house projects and cleaning out basements, self-storage facilities have been a great help to many households, the owners say. Self-storage also is popular with people who are in the process of moving or for college students who need to store their dorm furniture between semesters. Key Storage also rents units to other businesses like moving companies and contractors.
Kelly says he and Price are very excited about this new business venture and are actively looking for a site where they might construct another facility. “The recurring income model complements our construction model,” Price adds. “So, it’s a great way for us to diversify.” To continue educating themselves about the industry, they have joined the New England Self Storage Association, which has been a helpful source of expert knowledge as they dig into the field.
To learn more, visit Keystorage1.com or call 508-278-3846. Key Storage is located at 50 Depot Street, Uxbridge.
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