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The Americans, pioneers in self-storage rental

Despite being something more recent in Spain, the self-storage rental business has been operating for years in other markets, particularly English-speaking ones.

In England, it is a firmly established market that has been expanding in the country for several years, while in Spain, we are just starting to see the boom of these rental companies.

However, the pioneers of the business were the Americans, who conceived the industry as we know it today.
Although there is historic evidence that the antique civilisations used third party rental spaces, the true pioneers and those who started the storage unit rental business as we know it today, were the Americans in the 1950s and 60s.

The first modern self-storage rental company was in the state of Florida, in the city of Fort Lauderdale, where the Collum family opened the first business of its kind, called Lauderdale Storage.

This was 1958, and it was the beginning of a business that has not yet stopped growing, offering its clients innovations that allow them to store their belongings conveniently and securely.

At the end of the 1960s, the first national chain of self-storage rental services opened in Texas, giving way to a business that has spread over the borders, to more and more countries in Europe and all over the world.

The fact that the United States were the pioneers in the self-storage rental business has a logical explanation: there is no country in the world with such a high level of consumption as America, and although it is a huge country, space is limited, making this a highly sought-after service, which is used for storing all kinds of products and things that we don't need.

Many of the older houses and apartments in the United States don't have attics or suitable storage rooms, this explains the growth of self-storage companies in this country, an industry that arose as the result of the existing demand for the services which seems to be happening in many other countries, such as Spain, as well.