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Farmington U-Haul indoor storage units are nearly complete, set to open later this month


Location will offer 446 indoor, climate-controlled storage units

FARMINGTON — The first indoor climate-controlled storage unit facility in the Four Corners is set to open later this month, bringing in nearly 450 storage units housed in the former Kmart building in Farmington.

The U-Haul Moving & Storage of Four Corners at 3000 E. Main St. in Farmington will have 446 indoor storage units that will be available for rent sometime in late February, according to General Manger Cody Gallegos.

U-Haul in March 2021 announced the renovation of the property and initially estimated there would be 600 indoor storage units.

The business started operating out of the old Kmart building in January 2021, offering trailer, truck and van rentals along with renting and selling moving and towing equipment.

Gallegos said there has been a huge demand for storage units in the region, describing it as “pretty insane.”

“The need for storage up here is huge,” Gallegos said. “To have climate-controlled units, it’s a massive improvement to the community.”

The location started to offer 72 outdoor storage units in September and those units filled up in 10 days. There were only three outdoor storage units available when Gallegos was interviewed on Feb. 1.

Gallegos gave The Daily Times a tour of the facility, which is nearly complete. The business is putting final touches on the new showroom, in the area which used to house the front entrance of the Kmart.

Once the showroom is complete and the last of the business permits are obtained, Gallegos said the storage units will become available for rent in late February.

Employees have been working out of the old Kmart “garden center” for the last year as the 94,137 square-foot building underwent an “adaptive reuse” to prepare for the storage units.

While walking through the facility, Gallegos showed off the rows of indoor storage units that sit where Kmart customers used to stroll and shop.

Motion sensor lights kicked on as he walked from the east side of the building toward the west side.

Each indoor storage unit is individually alarmed and requires a cylinder lock, which U-Haul sells. The storage unit sizes vary from five feet by five feet, up to 10 feet by 15 feet.

There are two loading bays for customers to unload and load up their storage items with one on the east side of the building and one on the south side of the building, facing the main parking lot.

The hours of operation are still being finalized but Gallegos said the units can be accessed when the office is closed, as renters are assigned a keycard to access the interior of the building.

He demonstrated by using a keycard in one of the loading docks to show off the security system.

Gallegos shared some of the benefits of indoor, climate-controlled storage units. He believes it helps keep items, including leather and wood, from becoming damaged from heat, and items like candles from melting.

In the future, the business is expected to offer U-Box portable storage containers and professional hitch installation in Spring this year.

Those interested in renting the storage units when they become available can call the business at 505-325-1659. Gallegos said customers can visit the U-Haul website at www.uhaul.com and rent the units online too.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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