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South side of town gains new business

AAA Southside Storage is now open.
AAA Southside Storage is now open. Photo by Emily Wyatt

AAA Southside Storage in Huntington has officially opened for business. Owners James and Stephanie Smith, along with their family, have transformed the old Owens store into a climate-controlled storage area to service Huntington residents.

James says they originally wanted to have a different grocery store take over the space, but they couldn’t find anyone that was interested. Since they didn’t want to let the building just sit empty, they settled on introducing climate-controlled storage to Huntington.

“Climate controlled, for Huntington, is pretty new,” James said. “We’re hoping that people will feel good about it.”

Since it is an indoor facility, James said that people could come “in the dead of winter” or “the heat of summer” and go through their storage units without having to deal with weather conditions outside the building. James also said that controlling the temperature helps keep mold from developing in individuals’ belongings.

The Smith family began the process of tearing everything out of the old grocery store in March. They replaced the ceiling, roof, air conditioning and heating units, sprinkler system, fire alarms and security system during the renovation.

Along with building the storage facility, they are also “re-facing” Los Amigos and the other buildings in the strip mall.

“We are doing everything so it will match. Everything is going to look fresh,” James explained.

The Smith family also owns and operates the AAA Ace Hardware in Huntington and Decatur. James and Stephanie added the “AAA” to the beginning of the storage name to stay with their theme of naming their businesses after their children, Ashley Taylor, Andy Smith and Austin Smith.

The businesses are all family-operated, as Austin runs the hardware in Huntington and Andy runs the hardware in Decatur. Andy was also the project manager for the storage facility.

The storage facility had a soft opening on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

There are 119 units inside the building that vary in size from 5’ x 8’ through 10’ x 20’. Each unit has wire mesh over top, so that it is still secure, but will allow for the heating and cooling to filter in.

There is also a gated parking area outside that individuals can rent for items such as boats or trailers. The parking spaces range in size from 12’ x 15’ through 12’ x 45’.

The storage area is open for people to come in to speak with employees Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who are renting spaces already have a pin code to get in the front door, so they have 24/7 access to their units. The whole building has light sensors so that people who are renting units can come in at anytime and the lights will turn on as they go. For the outdoor spaces, a gate code is given for the 24/7 access.

Those who are interested in renting can go online to aaasouthsidestorage.com and set up everything through the website. Those who don’t have access to a computer or need help can visit the office and they can walk the individual through the process.

Once an individual goes online, Office Manager Candy Chapin will receive a notification the next business day and she will finish the process to get them set up.

For more information on the business, check out their Facebook page, website at aaasouthsidestorage.com, e-mail aaasouthsidestorage@hotmail.com or call 224-7289.

The business is located at 1245 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.