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29 Apr 2019

Adaptive Reuse: U-Haul Repurposing Former Toys R Us in Annapolis

U-Haul will soon be presenting an impressive retail and self storage facility in Annapolis thanks to the recent acquisition of the former Toys R Us at 2115 West Street. U-Haul acquired the 41,440 square foot building on March 1, 2019.

Adaptive reuse of the property will render about 10,000 square feet of indoor self storage, giving customers access to climate-controlled rooms with high-tech security features. The facility should be fully operational by spring 2020.

"U-Haul will be renovating the vacant Toys R Us store to serve as a state-of-the-art moving and self storage facility," said Mike Finkelstein, U-Haul Company of Baltimore president.

"Big-box stores like this can remain vacant and become blight on the community. U-Haul is happy to step up, breathe life back in this building, and invite other businesses to invest in this neighborhood." -Mike Finkelstein, president, U-Haul Company of Baltimore

Acquisition of the former Toys R Us store was driven by U-Haul Corporate Sustainability initiatives. U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Their adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new building materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

"This site was attractive to us because our ecofriendly business model encourages the reuse of vacant, existing facilities," Finkelstein said. "We want to serve as an anchor for this community while renovating a large space to serve the self storage needs of Annapolis."

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With a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces, U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 now offers customers access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the self-service options on their internet-connected mobile devices. The U-Haul truck fleet has grow to 161,000 trucks, 118,000 trailers and 42,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 632,000 rooms and 55.2 million square feet of self storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.