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Discount Self Storage gets new owners PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL GAST Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 26 August 2013 09:20
The new owners of Discount Self Storage, Jim and Heidi Smithey, pose by the sign in front of their business Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
If you like the show "Storage Wars" you're not alone.
"We watched the reality show "Storage Wars," Jim and Heidi Smithey explain, "and we drove by the Discount Self-Storage, 20356 N. Dixie Highway, and saw there was an auction sign out front."
"I wondered if they were going to do a "Storage Wars" auction," Heidi Smithey laughs. A week later the Sentinel-Tribune had a big advertisement "auctioning off the entire business, not just the units."
"We thought it through. We just recently moved back into Bowling Green so we thought we should try it."
"We were looking for something that was less physically demanding for my husband," Heidi explains. "He's been a steel worker for 30 years and neither one of us is getting any younger."
While Heidi was in Michigan on a business trip Jim went to the auction. "He was giving me a play-by-play. It was an exciting day."
The couple has owned the facility for nearly 3 weeks now and are pleased with the changes they're making. "We have decided to turn the existing second-hand shop at the front of the lot into a sporting goods resale store."
The Smitheys will begin buying used equipment "as soon as we clear out the existing store and spruce it up a little."
Their 2 two sons were involved in sports. "It got expensive buying new shoes and gear every years as they outgrew them!"
The Smitheys hope the resale store, open Monday through Friday 2 to 6 p.m. "will provide the opportunity for people to turn their old sports equipment into cash."
The most exciting change the Smitheys are implementing is the new computer system. Customers can browse through available storage spaces as well as pay online.
Discount Self-Storage offers prepay and auto-pay options and does not require a two-month minimum rental.
Customers "can tell us when they want to move in, when they want to move out. We're trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible for them," Heidi explains. "I'm pretty sure we're the only self-storage business in town where a customer can rent online."
Renters can use credit and debit cards for payment via www.store4less.us by clicking the "Book Online" button. The smallest units offered are 5x10, the largest is 12x30.
"We have one drive through unit currently available," Jim says. "There's a garage door on either side, so they have access from both ends."
"The location is great," Heidi and Jim say. "We're family-owned and operated, we love our customers. Meeting all our customers has probably been the most fun part of it, we've got some really neat people renting."
The Smitheys are happy to meet with anyone by appointment and have been offering  several discounts to renters. Anyone who "mentions they heard about Discount Self-Storage from the Sentinel, we'll give them $10 off the first month's rent."
Contact the Smitheys via www.store4less.us, calling 419 353-3322.
"We're the blue building with the big yellow smiley face."

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