Uhaul Newport

U-Haul customers in and around Newport will soon have more secure and convenient storage options with the forthcoming expansion at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Newport at 111 Connell Hwy.

The store, located just off the Newport Bridge near the Newport Naval Base, opened in 1978 but it added abutting land with an existing building in November for the expansion project.

“We’re still in the beginning stages at the new building,” said Thomas Snell, executive assistant for U-Haul Company of Rhode Island. “Major interior and exterior renovations need to be completed, but this building will give us more options for climate-controlled interior storage and U-Box containers.”

The 9,999-square-foot building on the newly acquired parcel last housed a towing company. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Newport is currently using the facility to offer its customers moving supplies, storage and U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers.

“We are excited for this project because U-Haul will ensure that this large building will not become an eyesore,” Snell said. “Newport is home to the U.S. Naval War College and the Officer Candidate School, so moving and storage is a necessary service here.”

Sandra Gardner, U-Haul Company of Rhode Island president, added: “I have lived in Rhody my entire life. It is my honor and pleasure to serve the families off Rhode Island with their moving and storage needs. With each new purchase, I beam with pride in knowing that we are doing our part to ensure that vacant buildings are brought back to life. We are helping people in so many ways. It’s a blessing for sure.”

The acquisition of the Newport addition was driven by U-Haul Company’s Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill development to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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