By Josh Flory
A new self storage facility opened for business this weekend in one of Knoxville’s fastest-growing communities.
Climate Storage is a three-story, climate-controlled facility at the corner of Hardin Valley Road and the Pellissippi Parkway. It’s owned by four partners, and also includes more than 200 drive-up storage units.
Ed Campbell, one of the partners, said he feels the Hardin Valley community is at the epicenter of Knoxville’s growth, and is a great location because it would be difficult for competitors to find a better spot.
“That’s what you worry about in this business, somebody making one good project into two crappy projects by throwing one up near you,” he said. “That’s probably unlikely, based on what we have and where we have it.”
Campbell said another group had planned a storage facility across the street, but instead the two sides joined forces to develop Climate Storage. Campbell and his partner, Ed Drummond, then took a stake in a different storage project that the other group was developing, on Middlebrook Pike.
Chris Bailey, a manager for Climate Storage, said the facility will feature Wi-Fi throughout the property, approximately 90 security cameras and, eventually, a website that allows customers to rent and access a unit at any time.
The third story of the building has not yet been divided into individual units, and the owners will wait to see what the demand is for various sizes. Campbell explained that “you kind of want to use it to scratch where people are itching. You won’t know that until people get there.”
The climate-controlled portion of the facility is visible from the Pellissippi Parkway, while the roll-up units are laid out to the east. When it comes to deciding the percentage of climate- versus non-climate units on a project, Campbell said that it’s “kind of an art and science, it’s not for the faint of heart to figure all that out.”
“When I first thought about doing storage I thought, ‘Well, this will be as easy as falling off a log,’ and I found out it’s not,” he said. “I’m so glad I’ve got a partner who’s done them.”
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